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One definition of a zero carbon development

by mel starrs on November 29, 2007

in Zero Carbon

There is a wealth of information available at the LEP website including ‘Towards Zero Carbon Developments’ (pdf 108 pages from July 2006). The document proposes a definition of a zero carbon development as:

A zero carbon development is one that achieves zero net carbon emissions from energy use on site, on an annual basis.

Excluded are embodied energy in construction and demolition and transport energy.

What I would be interested in tracking down is any studies giving energy balance calculations comparing the embodied energy inputs (including transport costs) for a renewable option which gives a net zero carbon effect over the life of the development (say 60 years) to a slightly less sexy low energy route (condensing boilers etc.)? Of course, as costs come down and manufacturing techniques improve, it gets harder to compare as in 20 years time when the development needs to replace the boilers or the PVs, the estimate of embodied energy we make today could be wildly wrong. If anyone has seen such a study done or published, please drop me a line by email or in the comments.

  • Rich Willetts

    i have been looking hard for just what your after but had no luck so would be very interested if someone can point us in the right direction

  • Rich Willetts

    i have been looking hard for just what your after but had no luck so would be very interested if someone can point us in the right direction