The Zero Carbon House is a low energy demonstration project based in Scotland. They have adopted a holistic approach to eliminating household carbon emissions that would normally result from heating and powering the home, running the family car and growing and transporting food.
The house is based on a standard design from a timber frame company and will be constructed to very high levels of energy efficiency. Heating will be provided by an air-to-water heat pump serving an underfloor heating system and providing domestic hot water via a heat store, and power will be provided by two on-site wind turbines.Zero carbon heat from the heat pump will augment passive solar collection in a doubly-insulated greenhouse to provide suitable growing conditions for a range of fruit and vegetables grown in a hydroponics system.
This project is highly replicable and addresses social economic and environmental issues that are of relevance across the whole of Scotland, the UK and beyond.