Energy smart housing and thermal performance of the Ecohome

Rahman, S, Patnaikuni, I and De Silva, S 2007, 'Energy smart housing and thermal performance of the Ecohome', Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 1-11.

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Title Energy smart housing and thermal performance of the Ecohome
Author(s) Rahman, S
Patnaikuni, I
De Silva, S
Year 2007
Journal name Australian Journal of Civil Engineering
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Engineers Australia
Abstract The energy use for space heating and cooling in Australia and several other developed countries is a significant portion of their total energy use. With growing concern over climate change and global warming, the need to reduce energy consumption in major sectors such as housing is essential. Energy smart sustainable housing approach can go a long way in achieving overall reduction in green house gas emissions. Such efforts have already started and gaining momentum in developed countries including UK, Canada and Australia. The technology of energy smart housing is available, but legislative and financial support is required to achieve housing sustainability in the mainstream. In Australia, mandatory legislative support for energy smart housing was initiated in the state of Victoria from July 2005 and is expected to be incorporated in the national building code. In light of this, preliminary thermal performance of the Cairnlea Ecohome, which was designed to achieve a minimum five-star home energy rating and located in Melbourne, is reported.
Subject Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) energy smart
thermal performance
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