MM House 2018

HOUSE NAME
MM House
Address:
Northcote 3070
(Full address of homes will only be displayed 2 weeks prior to SHD)
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Entry fee or Donation
$5 per ticket (chlildren under 12 free)
Donations supporting
Sustainable House Day 2019
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Designer
EME Design
Builder
Owner
House Size
198m2
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
3

All tours for this house are booked out for 2018

All profits will go to the ATA to support Sustainable House Day 2019.

At first glance, MM House’s striking forms and spaces are uncompromisingly distinct and contemporary. However, the more interesting story is that the genius of the design comes from the site’s constraints, local context and a focus on multivalent sustainability.

During the tours, the owner/designer will be presenting key aspects of this unique family home including:

  • The process of design with a focus on resilience and flexibility
  • The way the building has been designed to evolve over time
  • The process of building an airtight home
  • Hybrid approach to insulation and thermal mass
  • Demonstration of the heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system
  • Monitored results of the thermal performance of the building (in conjunction with Melbourne University)
  • Monitored results of energy consumption and production
  • Water-saving measures
  • And other learnings.

The house comprises three volumes, each having a morphed gable form uniquely optimised to capture light, views and passive solar. Mediated by the constraints of the heritage overlay, the gable-inspired profile nevertheless respects the amenity and echoes the charm of its neighbouring heritage bungalows.

A multivalent approach to sustainability guided all aspects of this project. After careful analysis of the existing 1978 Besser Block home, it was evident that renovating the existing was not feasible at a number of levels, in particular building envelope, spatial planning, orientation. However, an important decision was taken to reuse all of the existing strip foundations and concrete slab. This saved massive amounts of embodied energy; it also dovetailed with keeping the build footprint compact, further energising the path to an efficient floor plan.

Daily rituals, seasonal solar patterns, view corridors are synthesised. Moving through the home, one is presented with a multitude of ever-changing moments, subtly choreographed, offering unexpected glimpses within and beyond – place for contemplation and connection to the world outside.

The strong architectural intent has been equally matched with commitment to creating an efficient home constructed of materials with low embodied energy. Despite the site constraints, the home is flooded with winter sun and achieves an 8 Star energy rating. In addition, the building envelope is within the realms of Passivhaus standards, including air tightness.

The MM House is made from rammed earth, lightweight construction, and timber cladding both internally and externally. It works to maximise the benefit of thermal mass within the structure and embraces cross-flow, heat stack ventilation.

It was designed to potentially become autonomous – rainwater, greywater, solar, food production have been factored into design of the home and landscape.

This carefully crafted single dwelling caters for changing family dynamics by creating two adjustable and adaptive zones, allowing for future transformation into autonomous living quarters; a home not just for now, but one to be grown into.

Find out more about EME Design.

 

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Previously Open
2017
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Disability access
Multi-generational
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Shower head on rail for various heights
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Rammed earth
Reverse Brick veneer
Timber
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Adustable Shading
Awnings (external)
Blinds
Recycled and reused
Aggregate
Appliances
Copper pipes/fittings
Concrete
Roofing material
Sleepers
Timber
Existing concrete foundations for the entire home
Sustainable materials
Australian hardwoods – Blackbutt, wormy chestnut, yellow stringybark, recycled tallowood and red gum, radiata pine plywood, radiata pine framing, eco concrete
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Blanket
Rating: R1.2
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk with roof blanket
Rating: R6.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: High-density bulk
Rating: R4.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
Indoor plants for air filtration
Lime render/wash
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural fibre furnishings
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
Energy star rating type
First Rate
Energy star rating
8 Stars
Victorian residential efficiency scorecard rating
10
All electric home
Yes
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
5kW
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Shading
Thermal chimney
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat exchange ventilation system
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Stormwater management
Drip irrigation
Under-deck tanks 11K
Garden/Outdoors
Composting
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Native plants