What is a Zero Carbon Home?

Whilst building and living in a home will always contribute carbon emissions, it is now possible to design, build and live in a home that achieves net zero carbon over its lifespan. 

It’s called a “Zero Carbon Home”. 

A Zero Carbon Home considers two main categories of carbon emitting energy.  These are embodied (building) energy and operational (living) energy.

1.     Embodied (building) energy is the energy used to build the home and manufacture building products.  It includes the energy used to extract raw materials, manufacture the products, transport them to site, build with them, and maintain them over their lifetime.

2.     Operational (living) energy is the energy used to live in the home and to make the home comfortable to live in.  It includes the energy you and your family use everyday to provide security, heating, cooling, cooking, lighting and entertaining.

To create a Zero Carbon Home first requires a reduction of both embodied (building) energy and operational (living) energy. A Zero Carbon Home achieves this by:

a. Careful selection of building materials and good design to reduce embodied (building) energy.

b. Good design to reduce the operational (living) energy that the home needs to provide a comfortable living environment.

c. Informed selection of appliances and fittings to further reduce operational (living) energy.
Zero Carbon Home by Energy Aspect Living

Zero Carbon Design TIP:
Source natural, sustainable and local products.

Zero Carbon Design TIP:
A Zero Carbon Home works in balance with nature and considers passive heating and cooling.

Zero Carbon Desgin TIP: Fit out your home with the most energy efficient appliances and lighting, and only install appliances that yo need (and not more).