We have been continuing to work with Bruce Rowse from 8020 Green on an exciting proposal to be able to offer our clients a range of energy monitoring options our future projects.
Our plan is to install integrated electricity monitoring in each home's circuit board and be able to provide our clients with information on their energy use and any improvements that can be made in operating the house.
We will be able to supply our clients with neat summaries of total household energy use & solar power generation, including on-site use and export grid breakdowns. If desired we will also be able to more in depth monitoring and report on the energy use of specific appliances and the storage and discharge of battery systems.
This exercise will give an accurate picture of real world energy use that can be contrasted with predictions made by NatHers energy ratings and Passive House calculations. It will demonstrate the tangible environmental savings provided by our super-insulated airtight fabric in tonnes of emissions that have been offset.
In an industry context of energy ratings usually being on paper rather than in houses when they are built, it will also verify the real ongoing financial benefits of choosing our energy efficient method over conventional construction.
We expect to announce an offer on our integrated monitoring systems in the near future.
Bruce is an energy and sustainability consultant who produced excellent analysis and monitoring for our Reservoir House project - http://8020green.com/
His energy monitoring of the house shows that it is an net energy exporter of 4,156kWh per annum from a 7.6KW solar system. This equates to an average total energy use of 16.9kWh per day, which is is approximately 57% that of an average 6 star home in Victoria.
Bruce installed individual meters to monitor the annual consumption across the household in diminishing order: Light and Power 36%; Space Heating & Cooling 18%; Kitchen 18%; Hot Water 16%; Heat Recovery Ventilation 12%.