Net Zero is a term that’s unfortunately loosely used today and in practical terms it has 3 meanings
Net Zero Proper: means that you have removed the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere that you created. To build a Net Zero home under this definition would be very difficult and require very very substantial offsets to recover the emissions produced in the manufacturing of the materials, transport, its even worse if you went back to mining and extraction of some of the materials (Plaster Steel Bicks Concrete to name a few of the bigger ones). So a True Net Zero home would…
the Green House / Future Food System house by Joost Bakker that was in Federation Sq in Melbounre chose not to use the term Net Zero and instead used the term Closed loop, (Joost was focussing more on energy used in food production) But still used mostly very low impact materials and methods so his home would have had less impact than a standard home by order of several magnitudes. And once built his home required no input beyond sunshine and rain and had no waste or output beyond some water evaporation and is able to successfully shelter and feed 2 people indefinitely, which I think is pretty impressive. These home typically would….
This is typically what the marketers are talking about when they say Net Zero. These homes do not factor in the materials and emissions created in their construction but strike a balance between the emissions created from a family living in the home and emissions it removes from the atmosphere. These are also typically the types of homes people most want and typically
There is of course many areas within these 3 definitions that can be explored and ultimately it comes down to what each client wants, what sort of effort they want to put in, some people like working/running their home and get similar enjoyment as it becomes a hobby or like owning a pet. What they want the home to look like and what sort of materials and design features they want.
There are also many other environmentally friendly or less environmentally harmful products and practices that go along with this that are helpful to the environment but may or may not impact carbon in the atmosphere. And in many instances the metrics are at best vague and can easily stray into the misleading if not outright false.
Ravida understands that people have a lifestyle that they wish to maintain and things they have aspired to and worked hard to be able to realise but don’t want to destroy the planet as a side effect. So we have a range of ways to make our homes more energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly that don’t have a large impact on peoples lifestyle, enables them to have their dream home, doesn’t require much effort or attention and has minimal cost impact as well.
All make a significant difference.
Call David Scott 0437 740 654 and we can discuss what’s the best and most beautiful sustainable solution for you..