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Sustainable New Home in Elwood

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Our clients brief was to provide a comfortable family home incorporating, a high level of sustainable design without compromising on spatial and aesthetic requirements. They specified a 3 bedroom family home on 2 levels maximizing the aspect to the north at the same time providing privacy from the neighbouring multi story flats which overlooked their backyard. The kitchen, living/dining areas were to be connected but provide a sense of separation. Two bathrooms, a study and large laundry were also a priority. The clients were flexible on architectural style and material selection. An off street garage and workshop were also requested. The sustainable features to be included were a grid interactive photo voltaic system, and 23,000 litre water catchment and storage. The Elwood home achieves a 7 Star Energy Rating for energy performance which is an excellent rating for a building that has access issues to the northern sun. The two story contemporary home was designed around a courtyard space facing north with large double glazed, cedar sliding doors to enable the living spaces to be opened up to the garden aspect. It turns it back on the neighbouring flats and with clever placement of opaque glazing provides a high level of privacy for such a high density site.
The construction materials are rendered Hebel AAC blockwork , copper cladding to the second level and cypress macrocarpa timber cladding to the front fa├žade and garage door. The home is built on a concrete slab with overlay of FSC certified sliced pacific jarrah boards, sealed with low emission matt timber sealer. All paints are Dulux Low emission 101 Advanced. Cabinets are constructed from E0 laminates and timber veneer is Briggs Eco Cert. Tasmanian Myrtle.
All windows and doors and double glazed and weather stripped to prevent draughts. The heating system is a Greenheat hydronic system which is hooked up with the solar gas boosted hot water service in a loop system. All light fittings are LED or compact fluorescent.
The home is serviced by a grid interactive power system2kw PV system installed by Premier Solar, consisting of 9 x 230watt Conergy Power Plus panels and an Aurora PVI 3.6 inverter.
The Underground water tank on the property provides 23,000L capacity with mains supply connection to provide back-up during dry spells

Insulation is R6 polyester batt insulation with Air-Cell Insulbreak 65 between battens and roofing and between rafters and battens.

Adjustable external shade blinds for all glass surfaces facing west and north and Effective cross flow ventilation is supported by ceiling fans in summer.

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