What is a Zero Carbon Home?
A zero-carbon home is one which generates as much power as it uses over the course of a year and therefore has net zero carbon dioxide emissions, a home that returns as much energy to the National Grid, as it uses within one year.
Therefore, a zero carbon home needs it’s own energy producing equipment, for micro generation (the production of energy on a small scale). It also needs to efficiently conserve the energy it produces, to avoid unnecessary waste.
The types of technology to achieve this include:
- Solar panels
- Super insulated fabric
- Small wind turbines
- Draught exclusion
- Efficient biomass fuelled boilers
- Triple glazing
- Geothermal ground heating systems
In addition, the zero carbon home employs recycling technologies where ever possible. For instance, water recycling units for of household sink, washing machine and shower water, to be used for flushing toilets.