Zero Carbon House 2019

Zero Carbon House
Campbelltown SA 5074
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
TS4 Living
Weber Building Services
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

A South Australian Government initiative, the Zero Carbon House is Australia’s first designed and built Zero Carbon Home by TS4 Living. Construction innovation, reduced wastage, carbon monitoring during construction and during the life of the home (estimated to be in excess of 75 years) were some of the objectives along with affordability and adaptability and of course, a cool home in the summer and warm in the winter without costing the earth to run. The approach of TS4’s design ultimately won both the People’s Award and the overall competition.

Careful choice of materials helped to keep the construction carbon footprint significantly below that of a typical home while improved insulation, careful placement of the double glazed windows and shading combine to create a highly thermally efficient home that benefits from an incredible amount of natural daylight. Green walls to the East and West have been used along with deciduous vines on the northern elevation for shading in the summer and solar access during the colder winter months.

Overall it has been calculated that the home will become carbon neutral by 2045. In other words, all of the carbon generated creating the materials, constructing the home and the transport and shipping during this phase and all of the operational energy required to heat and cool the home will be offset by the energy exported from the solar panel installation.

Designed by TS4 Living and built by Weber Building Services


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.5 stars using NatHERS accredited software (AccuRate). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Disability access
Wheelchair access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Contrasting colours and material for vision impaired
Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
No Corner cupboards
Semi recessed basins
Slip resistant flooring
BAL Rating
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Proprietary multi layered high performance wall system based on traditional timber framing construction
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
180 degree opening doors
Timber windows
Window and door shading
Adjustable Shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Recycled and reused
Recycled aggregate used for the foundation and the polished concrete floor. Recycled sleeper used for garden furniture and recycled glass used in the wall insulation.
Sustainable materials
Timber framing used throughout the construction.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: CSR Anticon insulation blanket
Rating: R1.3 (CSR Anticon under roof blanket R1.3 + Bulk insulation R5.0)
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5.0 (Bulk insulation R5.0 + CSR Anticon under roof blanket R1.3)
Insulation - External walls
Type: Proprietary multi layered high performance wall system combining both bulk and rigid insulation
Rating: R5.0 (Averaged summer and winter rating of proprietary wall system)
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
Cross flow ventilation
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Water heated by PV system
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Indirect evaporative cooling system (Sealey International) and Ecosmart bioethanol fireplace (3kW output)
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Full home monitoring system. Electrical usage (individual appliances and lighting), power generation and water usage
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Poly water tank
Size: 5000L
Storage connected to
Garden / Outdoors
Community vegetable garden
Drip irrigation
Green walls
Native plants
Water wise plants
Average Daily Energy Consumption Per Person
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps