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Energy Efficient Home at Woodstock

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When we were asked by our clients to design a retirement home at Woodstock, north of Melbourne on a 150 acre beef farm we just knew it was going to be special. The design just flowed from the beginning. The site has green pastures, original stone fences and huge redgums and the building seems to peacefully meld with the landscape. When you visit the site you don't want to leave. The home is 300 square metres in area and comprises 2 bedrooms, a large open plan living kitchen living and dining space facing north, and a large workshop for weaving with laundry attached. The clients have built the home for retirement and wanted to keep the home on one level, avoiding steps.

The only heating required is a very efficient slow combustion heater which is light only at night, in the daytime the winter sun streams through the long north axis of the home.A heat shifting duct blows the warm air from the living spaces to the rear bedrooms.

The entry is based around a large reflection pool which has a bridge over it and a water feature which runs along a copper rill. The south facing entry has a glazed roof to let maximum light into the rear of the building. All windows are double glazed. The entire north face of the living spaces have large removable shade sails which are taken down in winter to allow maximum solar penetration. The living rooms are tiled in 600 x600mm vitrified porcelain tiles which soak up the warmth.The colours and finishes were selected for their timeless quality so that the building will age gracefully.

In summer close attention has been made to shading the sun before it enters the building with sails, screens and pull down blinds. Another feature is careful window placement for maximum cross flow ventilation. The bedrooms have ceiling fans for hot summer nights.

The building materials used are Hebel 200mm blockwork , an internal rammed earth wall that spans the entire length of the building, Ecopanel timber cladding, cypress macrocarpa decking and copper eave features.

The home is well insulated with R3.0 polyester woolbatts in the ceiling and R1 .5 batts in the walls, with sarking. The roof has Aircell insulative wrap as well. Weather stripping is used to seal all doors and windows.

The solar hot water service has 3 panels to cope with the water usage of a spa. A Biocycle all waste system is used for grey and black water and the farm is very water self sufficient with large rainwater tank capacity provided by the large roof area of the house and farm sheds.

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