Anatomy of a Sub-tropical Positive Energy Home (PEH)

Miller, Wendy F. & Buys, Laurie (2012) Anatomy of a Sub-tropical Positive Energy Home (PEH). Solar Energy, 86(1), pp. 231-241.

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Zero energy buildings (ZEB) and zero energy homes (ZEH) are a current hot topic globally for policy makers (what are the benefits and costs), designers (how do we design them), the construction industry (can we build them), marketing (will consumers buy them) and researchers (do they work and what are the implications). This paper presents initial findings from actual measured data from a 9 star (as built), off-ground detached family home constructed in south-east Queensland in 2008. The integrated systems approach to the design of the house is analysed in each of its three main goals: maximising the thermal performance of the building envelope, minimising energy demand whilst maintaining energy service levels, and implementing a multi-pronged low carbon approach to energy supply. The performance outcomes of each of these stages are evaluated against definitions of Net Zero Carbon / Net Zero Emissions (Site and Source) and Net Zero Energy (onsite generation vs primary energy imports). The paper will conclude with a summary of the multiple benefits of combining very high efficiency building envelopes with diverse energy management strategies: a robustness, resilience, affordability and autonomy not generally seen in housing.

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ID Code: 49066
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: energy autonomy, house design, zero carbon, zero energy buildings, ZEB
DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2011.09.028
ISSN: 0038-092X
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) > Housing Markets Development Management (120503)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Solar Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Solar Energy, [VOL 86, ISSUE 1, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2011.09.028
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2012 22:01
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:44

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