UNCOMMON ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES IN NEW ZEALAND HOMES
Authors: Jaques, Roman
This study examines various technologies and systems that have the potential to make significant inroads into lowering the reticulated energy demanded by New Zealand housing. Four types of space conditioning technologies and four types of micro-generation systems were examined in some detail. Examination included interviews, computer simulation and in-situ self-monitoring. A series of filters were used to determine the most promising systems in terms of desirability, reliability, performance and financial benefit. The two most promising installations shortlisted which met the criteria were Trombe walls and grid-tied photovoltaics.