Orion Zero Net Carbon home 2020

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Braybrook VIC 3019
    • Housing Type:
    • High Density Housing/Strata Development/Unit
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Creation Homes
    • Designer
    • Stockland

About Orion Zero Net Carbon home

The Apollo Zero Net Carbon home has been produced in collaboration with Sustainability Victoria, under the Victorian Government’s Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program. Designed to meet the program’s zero net carbon specification, this home has undergone an independent verification that ensures, as built, the home performs to the energy efficiency specifications.

A Zero Net Carbon home combines an energy-efficient building design and fixed appliances with a solar energy system to help reduce running costs, increase comfort and curb carbon emissions. It is designed to produce enough renewable energy to off-set the annual greenhouse gas emissions of its estimated energy use. The design and building teams completed Zero Net Carbon home design modelling and an As-Built Verification (ABV) assessment.

The home received a Nationwide House Energy Rating System (NatHERs) 7-star report, a Zero Net Carbon design report and an ABV report to verify that it has met the required specification in April 2020.

The Zero Net Carbon home design and building verification consisted of three steps:

Step one

Deliver a Nationwide House Energy Rating System (NatHERs) report that achieves a 6.5-star energy rating or above (the current National Construction Code requirement is 6 stars). This needs to be delivered using the FirstRate5® energy rating software. The Apollo home delivered a 7-star energy rating.

Step two

Calculate the energy use of the home’s fixed appliances using the purpose-built Zero Net Carbon design tool. The tool was developed as part of the Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program. The tool assesses the energy use of the home’s fixed appliances to calculate the specific size and orientation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will off-set the home’s energy use. The modelling is based on the energy used by four people over 24 hours.

Step three

The ABV assessment was undertaken to evaluate the energy efficiency of the home after it is built to ensure the home meets the Zero Net Carbon specification. An independent assessor visited the home to test the home’s air tightness and insulation integrity. The assessor performed a blower door test, using fans to simulate wind blowing against the building’s exterior to identify air leakages in the building’s envelope. Thermal imaging was used in conjunction with blower door testing to locate missing or poorly installed insulation that may result in the movement of heat/coolness into and out of the building. An ABV report verifies that the home is built to the Zero Net Carbon specification.

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    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
    • Sustainable materials:
    • We followed the Sustainability Victoria As Built Verification pathway which involved worskhops for the construction team on best practise insulation as well as an inspection prior to the plaster installation.
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Floor Rating:
    • waffle slab R2.5 upper
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Reflective insulation
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 3.32KW
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $39,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1053.00
    • House Size
    • 126.2m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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