Together with Sustainability Victoria’s Zero Net Carbon Homes program, Metricon has been looking at ways to make our homes more energy efficient.

On Sunday 15 September, we will be celebrating the official opening of Metricon's first Zero Net Carbon display home, the Delta 29MR at the beautiful Kaduna Park Estate in Officer, VIC at Sustainable House Day 2019.

The four bedroom Freedom by Metricon Delta has been cleverly designed with the growing family in mind, and is fitted out with an array of energy-saving inclusions to reduce the cost of living and provide increased comfort.

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What is a Zero Net Carbon Home?


A Zero Net Carbon Home is a home that is designed, built and tested for energy-efficiency and comfort.  It is specifically designed to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter, aiming to maximise energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a home designed to save you money over the term of your ownership and to ensure comfortable living through consistent indoor temperatures; which means a win for your hip pocket, and the environment.

As well as meeting a higher than usual NatHERS (National House Energy Rating Scheme) energy rating, a Zero Net Carbon Home will meet higher thermal efficiency standards than a regular home.*

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What are the features of a Zero Net Carbon Home?


Solar Power System

Equip your home with a solar power system. Solar panels on the roof convert sunlight into affordable, sustainable energy. That saves you money on your power bills.
Benefits of a solar power system:

  • Renewable energy source
  • Reduces electricity bills ^
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be used in areas without access to the energy grid

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Insulation

Although you can’t see it, insulation works hard to increase thermal efficiency. Fitted into the ceilings, walls (including wet areas) and façade, it keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Insulation has an R-value indicating how efficient it is. You’ll find insulation with a higher than standard rating inside a Zero Net Carbon Home.

Benefits of high R-Value insulation:

  • Increases thermal efficiency, keeping your home hotter in winter, cooler in summer
  • Less reliance on heating/air-conditioning - your power bills will likely reduce ^



Draught Seals

One of the quickest ways to lose heat in a home is through the gaps between your doors, walls, air vents, skirtings and the ground. Draught seals minimise leakage, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer without relying on heating/air-conditioning. They also make your home a whole lot more comfortable by keeping nasty dust and pollutants out.

Benefits of draught seals:

  • Increases thermal efficiency
  • Reduces power bills ^
  • Great for allergy and asthma sufferers as they minimise dust and allergens

Double-Glazed Windows

Double glaze your windows. Trapping air between two panes of glass is a smart energy-efficient move. It acts as a barrier to keep warm air in during winter and hot air out during summer.

Benefits of double glazing:

  • Increases thermal efficiency
  • Reduces power bills^
  • Harder to break and more secure
  • Limits condensation, mould and dust
 



Extraction Fans with Humidity Sensor

Having ceiling extraction fans with humidity sensors means they automatically detect excess moisture and switch on to reduce condensation, and automatically switch off. They only work when needed, saving energy and reducing your power bills.

Benefits of a fan equipped with a humidity sensor:

  • Automatically works when needed
  • Reduces mould and mildew
  • Saves energy
  • Minimises dust – great for people with asthma and allergies

LED Light Bulbs

LED lighting is an excellent energy efficiency measure. LED light bulbs require much less wattage than compact fluorescent lamps or incandescent light bulbs. And they last longer than other bulbs too.
Benefits of LED light bulbs:

  • Low energy use – can decrease downlight wattage by 75% or more
  • Reduces electricity bills ^
  • Low maintenance
  • Long lifespan

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The Delta 29MR is open this Sunday 15 September for Sustainable House Day 2019 from 11am – 5pm.

If you would like to learn more about Metricon’s first Zero Net Carbon Display Home, click here, or see the impressive Freedom by Metricon Delta display for yourself at Kaduna Park, Officer VIC.
Alternatively, visit Sustainability Victoria's website to learn more about the Zero Net Carbon Homes Program.



^ Based on normal usage of the home. Consumer behaviour will vary and Metricon makes no guarantees on cost savings on this basis.

* The rating does not include embodied energy. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building. Zero Net Carbon means achieving a reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount generated on site through renewable energy.