Eco Innovator March 2012


Zero Carbon Home

Team Collaborative Future won the Zero Carbon Challenge - Australia's first zero
carbon sustainable house competition.

They were among four finalist teams tasked with designing a zero carbon home, taking into account key elements such as the embodied energy of a building, future emissions, liveability, affordability and adaptability.

"The Zero Carbon Challenge is part of the South Australian Government's commitment to building a sustainable future for South Australia, working with leading architects to design housing that suits the state's climate and provides more comfortable and affordable living," said minister for Housing and Urban Development, Patrick Conlon.

"I am convinced the ideas put forward by the four finalist teams will inform the future of sustainable housing in South Australia and lead to even greater gains."

Mr Conlon said Team Collaborative Future produced a classic looking dwelling with very low embodied energy, using innovative materials and a construction method that will be unique in South Australia.

"At a cost of around $335,000, excluding GST, a 7.5 star rating, net zero operational energy and a 16-week construction time, the home that Team Collaborative Future has designed ticks a lot of boxes and is a worthy winner," he said.

Mr Conlon said Team Collaborative Future has won the opportunity to bring their concept of a zero carbon home to life by building their design.

The new Urban Renewal Authority and the Integrated Design Commission will work together with the winning team to proceed with the planning and development approval stage. Construction is expected to commence mid year, with the house to be complete later in the year.

Another finalist was Energy Aspect Living, a specialist in environmentally sustainable house construction.

Director and licensed builder Danny Pauley said the Zero Carbon Challenge was a chance to show publicly what is possible today. "We believe compromise is not necessary if you want to look after the environment while building a home. Green housing design needs to be about balance, not compromise," he said.

Energy Aspect Living adopted what he said was a practical, performance-orientated approach so its design is achievable in construction.

"We've designed a Zero Carbon Home, an environmentally sustainable dwelling that balances a family's lifestyle needs with environmental demands. Our Zero Carbon Home embraces nature, with a space-efficient design that takes advantage of free solar energy and refreshing breezes. Spacious openings capture and store the warmth of the winter sun to radiate at night while shading and a breezeway garden cool the air to make air conditioning redundant in summer," said Mr Pauley.

Among the home's features, the materials have minimum embodied energy, no heating or airconditioning is required, and moveable walls allow the home to be configured for different family sizes and ages.





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