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Assessment of zero carbon buildings

Start Date:27 May 11 

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The feasibility study involved investigation of recently published guidelines into the definition of "zero carbon" by the government and a comparison with "true" zero carbon buildings. Heriot-Watt University carried out a study of zero carbon literature which is presented within the main body of the accompanying full report.

The study uses the proposed Riccarton Ecovillage on the campus at Heriot-Watt University to provide the sample building used for the detailed analysis and assessment parts of the study. Heriot-Watt University and IES worked together using IES's Virtual Environment software to perform predictions of carbon emissions.
The detailed calculations consider a range of currently available building technologies, and systems that could be used either in isolation, or in conjunction with one another. The analyses are intended to demonstrate the differences between current building standards and the improvements that will be needed in future both to meet the published regulatory guidelines and also to provide a comparison with true zero carbon using representative domestic Scottish buildings as the basis for the analysis.

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