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Building an Energy-Efficient Home: Carbon Zero or Carbon Positive?


If you want your new home to have an environmentally-friendly design, then you'll be looking at how you use energy in the property. You may have a general idea of how to make a home more energy efficient and how to create your own renewable power sources. The question is, how far can you go?

Energy-efficient homes can be measured by the way they use and produce energy. As you look at your options, you'll come across different descriptions for how this works like carbon zero and carbon positive.

What's the difference between the two?

What Is a Carbon-Zero Home?

A carbon zero home doesn't use any non-renewable energy sources. This kind of home generates its own energy. To hit the carbon zero benchmark, you need to use renewable sources that create enough power to run the home.

For example, you may use solar power to create electricity to light, heat and cool your home and to provide hot water. You won't need to tap into natural gas or electricity supplies to get power into the building.

What Is a Carbon-Positive Home?

A carbon-positive home works in much the same way as a carbon-zero one. However, this kind of home produces more energy than it needs.

So, for example, a carbon-positive home could have a large array of solar panels on its roof. These panels create all the electricity you need to run your home with some left over. This excess energy is then fed back into the general power grid or to a power company.

This allows you to siphon off some of the renewable energy you create to supplement traditional power systems. Other people will ultimately benefit from your spare renewable energy, and the pressure on traditional energy sources will be reduced.

Which Option Is Best For Your Home?

You can't simply fix up a renewable energy source and expect it to make your home carbon zero or positive. The design of your home plays a big part in how far you can go.

For example, to maximise the benefits of using renewable energy, you must ensure that your home is designed to be thermally efficient so that it uses as little energy as possible. Issues like insulation, window orientation and design, and even the size of the home and the land it occupies all play a part here.

It's worth talking to consultants that specialise in energy-efficient home designs at this stage. A consultant can give you advice on how to make your new home as energy efficient as possible and how to build an effective power source.


29 January 2019