Christina is Founder of net Zero Design, a consultancy providing services in eco-positive development, sustainability consulting and education. Prior to this, she worked with leading architecture practices in Germany and Australia over the last two decades.’

She is passionate about creating buildings with a net positive impact on nature and society and works with multidisciplinary partners in academia and practice towards this goal.

Christina’s work has won Awards and has been published in Australia and overseas. Her current projects are in the residential and education sectors, she is involved with indigenous communities and a founding member of the Zero Emissions Byron project which aims at transitioning the shire to zero emissions within ten years.

Modular Net Zero Carbon House – Design Options & Case Study

Christina will present a number of design options of a flexible, modular ‘Net Zero Carbon House’ concept that won the Sustainable Housing for Life Design Award 2015, along with a case study in Byron Shire which will be constructed this year.

The concept combines a customised approach with the efficiency of modular construction. Net Zero Design is working with a partner in the timber industry on a prefabricated, fully demountable system that can be adapted to different locations and user needs. Possible applications range from single-family homes to secondary dwellings, mobile homes, housing for indigenous communities, eco-villages and multi-residential developments.

The design is inspired by biomimicry and the concept of Positive Development, quantifying when embodied carbon is amortised over the building’s life cycle. Design principles include:

  • Minimised building footprint
  • Connecting outdoor decks
  • Multifunctional spaces
  • Passive solar design
  • Zero carbon lifecycle performance
  • Thermal chimney core, doubling up as storage space
  • Design for accessibility
  • Adaptability / demountability
  • Natural / non-toxic materials
  • Photovoltaics (for household plus EV)
  • Aquaponics
  • Permaculture

In collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Net Zero Design is currently completing a grant application to advance the commercialisation of the system. The concept is contributing to Byron Shire’s initiative to achieve zero emissions before 2025.