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Monitoring of a low-energy home in New Zealand : A case study of a Christchurch superhome

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Solar power is a critical component of New Zealand’s energy supply by providing direct and complimentary energy to more people within the built environment and building resilience and sustainability into communities. A key factor in the successful uptake of solar onsite generation will be using solar with advanced technologies and home design practices. This will enable better built, healthier homes that save energy and create healthier environments during the coldest parts of the year. This paper provides a background to what is happening in New Zealand in comparison with Australia and the UK with regard to the uptake of solar PV and insulation. It documents a case study of a high-performance home in New Zealand, designed and built above the minimum Building Code of New Zealand requirements.
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Keywords: energy consumption; healthier homes; high performance; insulation; solar PV power; thermal comfort

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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