The aim of the ZERO-PLUS (Acronym of "Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology") research project is to search for buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings. In this project, a comprehensive, cost-effective modular system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements will be developed and implemented in four case studies across the EU: Cyprus, Italy, France and the UK.
The Cyprus case study is located in the western part of Cyprus, near the town of Peyia (Paphos) (34°89′N and 32°38′E). It is in a rural area on a hillside location, with slope of a medium-steep 20-30%. The climate in the area is intense Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers (Tmax=36°C, Tmin= 10°C). The settlement size is 255,000 m2, and it is divided in 3 areas: a rehabilitation centre, a research centre and a residential area.
The residential part of the development includes 123 individual houses and 9-apartment buildings. Under the ZERO-PLUS project 2 houses of about 270 m² and 160 m² building surface area will be built.
The 2 houses will be built within the above settlement with the scope to apply their design in the entire settlement, in order to improve the energy efficiency of the whole project. There is also a need for the buildings within the settlement to be aesthetically appealing in order to compete in Cyprus contemporary and conventional housemarket.
The ZERO-PLUS technologies considered for implementation in the Cyprus case study are FAE HCPV modules, Freescoo HVAC units and Fibran insulation on the walls and roofs of the houses.
The design of the Cyprus case study fulfils the three performance objectives of the project:
- reduce the net regulated energy usage to an average of 0-20 kWh/m2 per year (corresponding to 70 kWh/m2 per year of regulated energy);
- generate at least 50kWh/m2 renewable energy per year, on average;
- reduce the full cost of NZE settlements by at least 16% compared to current costs.
At later stages of the project, and after realisation of the settlements, the three performance objectives will be revisited again to confirm they are also fulfilled in practice.
A YouTube video about the Cyprus ZERO-PLUS case study can be found here.