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RP1024: Facilitating the transition to low carbon housing

Project leader name: 
Professor Wasim Saman
Project status: 
Project period: 
10/2016 to 10/2018

The project will develop house energy rating tools and methodologies to enable the integration of passive design with new materials and technologies. It will assess the energy, carbon, comfort and economic performance of low energy and zero carbon housing (ZCH).

This will support the various stakeholders involved in the design, construction and use of dwellings, helping deliver affordable, thermally comfortable, energy efficient low carbon homes that meet the needs of households. It will provide design tools, validated for Australian housing typology and climatic conditions, and arm building regulators with a strong evidence base for establishing the environmental, economic and social costs and benefits of low carbon homes. 

The project's end goal is a house design and construction industry capable of producing thermally comfortable, economically viable low carbon homes with integrated solar systems, and testing compliance to a zero carbon regulatory standard.

Publications related to this project

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This paper first identifies performance evaluation criteria set out in the code presented as a comparative analysis across the different methods of achieving compliance.

CRCLCL Project Reports

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, commonly known as NatHERS has become the predominant pathway for complying with energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code of Australia. This project aimed to review, analyse and recommend changes, in light of these issues. 

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

It is an increasing challenge for building designers in the 21st century to provide for thermal comfort at minimum energy cost by taking into consideration both the current and the future warming climate. Most previous studies have focused on thermal comfort in non-residential buildings under...

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This study analysed over 1.8 million measurements of air conditioner power consumption and indoor/outdoor air temperatures in 129 houses in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne from 2012 to 2014. It was found that the preferred indoor air temperature range, at which occupants are most unlikely to...