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FS08 - Assessment and Application of Zero Carbon Building in Scotland

Written by: CIC Start Online

"Assessment and Application of Zero Carbon Building in Scotland" by Heriot Watt University and Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd 


The feasibility study involved investigation of recently published guidelines into the definition of ‘Zero carbon’ by the government and a comparison with ‘true’ zero carbon buildings.

Heriot-Watt University carried out a study of Zero Carbon literature which is presented within the main body of the accompanying ‘Full Report’.

The study uses the proposed Riccarton Ecovillage on the campus at Heriot-Watt University to provide the sample building used for the detailed analysis and assessment parts of the study. Heriot-Watt University and IES worked together using IES’s Virtual Environment software to perform predictions of carbon emissions.

The detailed calculations consider a range of currently available building technologies, and systems that could be used either in isolation, or in conjunction with one another. The analyses are intended to demonstrate the differences between current building standards and the improvements that will be needed in future both to meet the published regulatory guidelines and also to provide a comparison with true zero carbon using representative domestic Scottish buildings as the basis for the analysis.

The study aims to show what renewable technologies need to be employed in order to meet Zero Carbon – using both dynamic simulation methods and Building Regulations SAP software meeting the Scottish Technical Standards Section 6 requirements.

Key words: new building, domestic buildings, zero carbon homes, environmental modelling, renewable energy, carbon footprint


Prof. Sue Roaf, Heriot Watt University

Dr David McEwan, IES Ltd


Held on 27th May 2011

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