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Buildings 2016, 6(1), 6; doi:10.3390/buildings6010006

A New Model for Designing Cost Effective Zero Carbon Homes: Minimizing Commercial Viability Issues and Improving the Economics for Both the Developer and Purchaser

University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
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Received: 30 November 2015 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 6 February 2016
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Abstract

There is a limited penetration of housing which offsets all operational carbon emissions within UK housing developer portfolios. This paper develops a balanced approach to zero carbon housing design from both architectural and national house builder perspectives. The paper discusses the techniques which can be used to reduce build costs, simplify designs and simplify renewable energy systems, resulting in more cost effective homes. The paper develops a technical and economic linked model to optimise a zero carbon design and then develops a home using this technique. It acknowledges that extra costs are inevitable but minimises them and details a lifecycle costing approach to provide economic justification. The paper then focuses on how the building designed can function more efficiently and economically than a Part L 2013 Building Regulation compliant building. Improved functionality is demonstrated both with and without the use of feed in tariffs. A key finding from this research is that zero carbon homes can benefit the consumer without impacting the developer. The results also demonstrate that homes could be better marketed on economic rather than environmental or technical attributes. View Full-Text
Keywords: building design optimisation; cost effectiveness of housing design; renewable energy strategy building design optimisation; cost effectiveness of housing design; renewable energy strategy
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Khodabuccus, R.; Lee, J. A New Model for Designing Cost Effective Zero Carbon Homes: Minimizing Commercial Viability Issues and Improving the Economics for Both the Developer and Purchaser. Buildings 2016, 6, 6.

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