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Positive energy homes : impacts on, and implications for, ecologically sustainable design

Miller, Wendy F. & Buys, Laurie (2012) Positive energy homes : impacts on, and implications for, ecologically sustainable design. Urban Design International, 17(1), pp. 45-61.

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Abstract

A zero-energy home (ZEH) is a residential dwelling that generates as much energy annually from onsite renewable sources, as it consumes in its operation. A positive energy home (PEH) generates more energy than it consumes. The key design and construction elements, and costs and benefits of such buildings, are the subject of increasing research globally. Approaching this topic from the perspective of the role of such homes in the planning and development ‘supply chain’, this paper presents the measured outcomes of a PEH and discusses urban design implications. Using twelve months of detailed performance data of an occupied sub-tropical home, the paper analyses the design approach and performance outcomes that enable it to be classified as ‘positive energy’. Second, it analyses both the urban design strategies that assisted the house in achieving its positive energy status, and the impacts of such housing on urban design and infrastructure. Third, the triple bottom line implications are discussed from the viewpoint of both the individual household and the broader community. The paper concludes with recommendations for research areas required to further underpin and quantify the role of ZEHs and PEHs in enabling and supporting the economic, social and ecological sustainability of urban developments.

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ID Code: 49067
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: energy resilience, positive energy home (PEH), urban design, urban infrastructure, zero energy home (ZEH)
DOI: 10.1057/udi.2011.20
ISSN: 1468-4519
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Science and Techniques (120202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Urban Design International. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Miller, Wendy F. & Buys, Laurie (2012) Positive energy homes : impacts on, and implications for, ecologically sustainable design. Urban Design International, 17(1), pp. 45-61. is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/udi/
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2012 08:07
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2013 08:03

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