From 6 stars, to 7 star WoH, to True Zero Carbon: Part 2

From 6 stars, to 7 star WoH, to True Zero Carbon: Part 2
1 CPD NatHERS Technical

How to take your plans as far as you (& the clients) want to go down a low carbon pathway...
Part 2: Material Specification for Low Upfront Embodied Carbon in our homes

4/06/2024 | 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM (AEST) 

We go beyond Energy Efficiency to look at embodied carbon in the homes we build and how to minimise it.
Using our average house, we will look at its embodied carbon and how material choices and other strategies can minimise the carbon impact.
From this study, we will make practical changes to our average home plans to minimise upfront carbon levels.

We will:
· Go over embodied carbon 101, and discuss where things are heading with embodied carbon in the Australian construction industry
· Go through various carbon saving strategies and discuss suitability of their real world application
· Give an understanding of where designers should focus for the biggest immediate carbon gains
· Apply suitable strategies to our average house plans and quantify savings using the True Zero Spreadsheet and
· Discuss sustainable material selection beyond just low carbon criteria and use the Sustainable Material Specification Template to start building a catalogue of go-to low impact products.

This is the third webinar in a five-part webinar series by Jeremy Spencer that’s essential viewing for Building Designers who want to find out what’s required under the new NCC 2022 provisions which come into effect on 1 May 2024. DMN strongly recommends purchasing the 5-part package and watching these webinars in chronological order, for maximum impact.

This series of webinars was formerly called: NCC 2022 is here. Learn, Adapt & Thrive in 5 weeks. From NatHERS Fail to True Zero Carbon: How to take your plans as far as you (& the clients) want to go down a low carbon pathway.

Follow DMN member Jeremy Spencer as he shows how theory can be practically applied to make any project as low carbon and energy efficient as you care to take it.

About this series: 6 Stars, to 7 Star Whole-of-Home, to True Zero Carbon. How to take your plans as far as you (& the clients) want to go down a low carbon pathway...

This is the second part of a five-part webinar series that IS NOT looking at the perfect passive solar design. It follows an 'average' home that currently rates 6 stars in NatHERS. A home in the suburbs with average orientation. A home with average overshadowing from neighbours and trees. We then see how far we can take this 'average' home on a low carbon journey, to turn it:
· First, into a NatHERS 7-star Whole of Home pass
· Then to a Net Zero operational energy home and
· Then to a True Zero outcome (where the embodied carbon 'debt' is also minimised & paid off).

The five webinars run the plans through each of the 5 Steps on the SBA Roadmap to Net Zero Homes:
STEP 1: Good Design
STEP 2: Low Impact Material Specification
STEP 3: Performance Construction
STEP 4: Efficient Appliance Specification
STEP 5: Energy Generation and Offsetting

Webinars in this five-part series can be purchased individually for $44 by DMN members, or $88 by non-members; or as a five-part package for $189 by DMN


Jeremy Spencer | Positive Footprints

For almost 20 years, Jeremy has been a registered builder, energy rater and director at design and build company Positive Footprints. Positive Footprints has won multiple awards for sustainability from Design Matters National, MBAV, HIA, and the National Sustainability Awards for which he is now a judge. His company has worked to show that energy-efficient sustainable design and Net-Zero homes are a cost-effective option and can be a mainstream reality.  Jeremy is founding member of Builders Declare, a group dedicated to raising the standard of building practice, and currently sits on the Design Matters National Board, the Sustainability TASC, and the NatHERS Stakeholder Consultative Group.



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