Zero Carbon Compendium

Guide to the Case Studies

1. Flag and Name of Country

2. Key Facts including demographic data on population, area, density and level of urbanisation (percentage of population living in cities).

3. Exemplar Project contains a description and image of a low- or zero-carbon house or housing development built or developed in that country, chosen primarily for its low-carbon performance, but also for its overall combination of sustainability measures and suitability for larger scale production.

4. The National Carbon Overview sets the scene by providing a background for the country's domestic energy and housing situation, and information about its recent history that may have shaped government policy and strategy today.

5. Policy and Targets describes the country's global carbon reduction commitments, and gives an overview of current strategies and government programmes that drive and inform the promotion of low- and zero-carbon housing.

6. Existing Frameworks describes established mandatory and aspirational building standards that may be applied to domestic buildings.

7. Support, Incentives and Grants contains information about financial incentives, grants and funding for energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction in the domestic sector.

8. Housing Energy statistics, including percentage of residential energy use, residential end-uses and the mix of sources for residential energy generation.

9. Climate Graphs for the most populated city, illustrating the annual variations in temperature, humidity, rainfall, daylight hours, and solar radiation. Three temperature lines are shown corresponding to maximum, average and minimum monthly values. Two sets of bars are shown for solar radiation, an orange series representing direct solar radiation and a yellow series representing diffuse solar radiation. Humidity is shown as a series of green bars in the background of the graph.

10. References for the country texts. Data sources for the graphs and charts are consolidated in a separate section at the end of this Compendium.

11. Housing Statistics Icons including housing stock figures, persons per household and data pertaining to carbon emissions and energy consumption per household.

12. Climate Summary Icons for average annual temperature, humidity, sunlight hours and rainfall for the most populated city.

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