Zero Carbon House 2019

Campbelltown SA 5074
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Open House Style
    • Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
    • Open Hours
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Builder
    • Weber Building Services
    • Designer
    • TS4 Living

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.


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    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Full home monitoring system. Electrical usage (individual appliances and lighting), power generation and water usage
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Indirect evaporative cooling system (Sealey International) and Ecosmart bioethanol fireplace (3kW output)
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • 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.
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
      Water heated by PV system
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Poly water tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 5000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle?
    • No
    • Electric Vehicles Welcome
    • No
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Community vegetable garden
      Drip irrigation
      Green walls
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Healthy home features
    • 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
    • Waste Reduction Practices practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $350,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $35,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3,500
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.5 Star
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 3.32kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 3.8kWhr
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0 (Bulk insulation R5.0 + CSR Anticon under roof blanket R1.3)
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • CSR Anticon insulation blanket
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.3 (CSR Anticon under roof blanket R1.3 + Bulk insulation R5.0)
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R5.0 (Averaged summer and winter rating of proprietary wall system)
    • External Walls Type:
    • Proprietary multi layered high performance wall system combining both bulk and rigid insulation
    • BAL Rating
    • N/A
    • House Size
    • 173m2
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Wall Materials
    • Proprietary multi layered high performance wall system based on traditional timber framing construction
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      180 degree opening doors
    • Window and Door Types
    • Timber windows
    • 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