The Official launch of Australia’s first zero emissions house (AusZEH) took place on Thursday 29 April at the Harrisons View Display Village at Laurimar.
Designed and constructed by leading Australian builder Henley Properties Group in consultation with Delfin Lend Lease, CSIRO and Sustainability Victoria, the AusZEH Demonstration House aims to deliver a home with a net zero operating carbon footprint through its smart design and on-site solar energy generation.
The 8-star energy rated home – one of the first of its kind – is expected to use up to 70 % less energy than a traditional home of similar size. The high energy ratings of this home are due to its thermal performance and is achieved through a combination of energy efficient smart design principles, including:
· northern orientation to all living areas
· retractable shading
· brick veneer construction
· higher levels of insulation to the walls and ceiling
· double glazing
· insulated waffle pod concrete slab
· rooftop solar panels for on-site electricity generation
· High efficiency appliances
· Rain water tanks for toilet flushing
· Grey water recycling system
The AusZEH has also been fitted with a unique Home Energy Management System (HEMS) which tracks energy and water use and supply. Through a touch screen, occupants can see at a glance how much energy is being used in different areas of the house, or by individual appliances. Lighting, air-conditioning and other appliances are also able to be controlled through the touch screen.
The AusZEH sets a precedent for the housing market with its 8-star smart design now available to the everyday family. The AusZEH Demonstration House is located at the Harrisons View Display village and is open to the public on the weekends from 12.00 pm - 4.00 pm and during the week by appointment only.