The Blue House 2015

HOUSE NAME
The Blue House
Address:
Elwood 3184
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
189
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
2
Builder
Mark Projects Pty Ltd
Project Type
New Build
Architect/Designer
David Vernon Architect
Opening Hours
10.00 am to 3.30 pm

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

Energy rating type
Nathers
Energy rating
7.3
Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Building Type
Double brick
Brick veneer
Timber
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Concrete
Sustainable materials
bricks
Healthy home materials
Low VOC paint, timber, 100% wool carpet
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Louvre windows
Clerestory windows
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
Aluminium
Drapes
Awnings
Adustable Shading
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
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: bulk ceiling/roof insulation,
Rating: R6.0
Internal and external walls
Type: bulk insulation,
Rating: R2.5HD
Floor
Type: ,
Rating: R1.5
Water harvesting and water saving
Underground storage
Type: concrete tank,
Size: 22,500 litres
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Composting
Previously Open
2014
Council property located in:
City of Port Phillip
Connected to gas?
Yes