The Blue House 2015

HOUSE NAME
The Blue House
Address:
Elwood 3184
(Only homes open this year show full addresses)
Open
10.00 am to 3.30 pm
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Builder
Mark Projects Pty Ltd
House Size
189
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
2

A new house completed in late 2012 for a family with two young children.The house has been conceived around a main living space, a single big room on the ground floor with open-glazed areas to the front outdoor garden and deck, framed by a steel pergola and sliding timber slat screen for privacy and sun shading. The kitchen/laundry ‘block’ partially screens the living and dining space to the east facing side street and an entry/studio opposite forms a framed vista to the rear backyard, a private play area with sand pit, veggie patch and a ‘Lilly pad’ deck which surrounds the base of an existing Magnolia tree providing a welcome shady play area.

The first floor contains three bedrooms with the main bedroom to the front separated by a bathroom which features a raised roof and highlight louvre windows, the so called ‘green lantern’ which also provides private natural light and acts as a thermal ventilation stack during the warmer summer months. The upper floor cantilevers forward creating shade under and is recessed above to form a reveal to a window for privacy with a garden planter space for outlook from the main bed room to the city views beyond.

This house has a compact footprint which allows for greater landscaping and thus reduces stormwater runoff. The design also carefully considers orientation for sunlight and ventilation. Winter sun warms the solid internal floor and walls whilst in summer with additional retractable shading remains cool assisted further with cross ventilation throughout.

Energy Rating 7.3

Website vernon.com.au

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Previously Open
2014
Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Louvre windows
Clerestory windows
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Concrete
Sustainable materials
bricks
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: bulk ceiling/roof insulation
Rating: R6.0
Healthy home
Low VOC paint, timber, 100% wool carpet
Energy star rating type
Nathers
Energy star rating
7.3
Connected to gas?
Yes
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Thermal chimney
Active heating cooling
Hydronic
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Underground storage
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Composting