DEFINITION - What Is Zero Carbon?

  • Zero Carbon is defined where net carbon dioxide emissions subsequent from all energy used in the building are zero or better. A government Code for Sustainable homes, Code Level 6 governs that every home must generate all the power and heat it needs on site.
  • A zero carbon home uses less energy than it generates over a set period of time.
  • A carbon footprint is calculated for the full life of the home, including the CO2 emissions created during the build of a house, manufacture of its components and its day-to-day energy needs. This figure is then offset by the property’s ability to produce the energy it needs itself – through renewable sources of energy such as wind turbines and solar panels - all that have been purpose-built into the design at an early stage.
  • A key point to going Zero carbon in homes is an awareness of how to make the property itself more energy efficiency and finding ways to reduce the everyday energy needs from cooking, heating and lighting.
  • Carbon Offset is a act of reducing emissions of carbon or Greenhouse Gases (GHG’s) made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. Offsetting is a process to participate in a low-carbon lifestyle, by eliminating the impact of our carbon emissions.