Zero Carbon Homes and Solar Passive Homes, can be built in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Solar Passive Homes
Solar Passive Homes use passive solar design to take advantage of a building’s site, climate, and materials to minimize energy use. A well-designed passive solar home reduces heating and cooling requirement via energy-efficiency design strategies. In a NuTech solar passive house the suns energy will be collected via solar panels, and this energy via patented solar enhanced heating and ventilation technology will be used for both space heating and also domestic hot water. This technology and the solar passive design strategies ensure that cooling takes place in summer to prevent over-heating, adn pre-warming of air takes place in the winter to help reduce fuel bills. To protect against harsh winters in Ireland additional backup heating can be provided through the use of renewable energy systems such as a sealed biomass heating system ie a wood pellet stove, or wood burning boiler, or air source heat pump.
Zero Carbon Homes
If you are building a new home and want it to be genuinely zero carbon it will need to deliver zero carbon (net over the year) for all energy use in the home, i.e cooking, washing and electronic entertainment appliances as well as space heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and hot water. It is unlikely that a combination of energy efficiency and carbon compliance, alone, will be sufficient to achieve zero carbon, therefore you are permitted to install renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaic (solar pv) for electricity, solar thermal panels for solar heating and domestic hot water, and for additional backup heating use awood pellet stove for any additional heating, as these are carbon neutral
Below are details of both the NuTech Solar passive Homes and Zero Carbon Homes