Micro Block Magic 2019

HOUSE NAME
Micro Block Magic
Address
Fremantle WA 6160
Booking required – see link below
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Cancer Council of Australia
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Designer
Bernard Seeber Architects
Builder
I-SMART Building Group
House Size
157m2
Number of bedrooms
2
Number of bathrooms
2

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I originally met the team at I-Smart when they were constructing my sister’s home not far away and after reviewing the process and benefits for health, sustainability and energy efficiency I decided to build a passive home. One of the better benefits of the build type was the premanufactured structure which was a valued consideration due to the micro block size and challenging access to the rear lane way location. The site was also subject to the retention of the original building footings, so a lightweight structure was essential to the design. A timber framed premanufactured passive house was a very good fit for both the block and my needs.

All of these items combined with the Passive house construction method indicated a clear choice for this one of a kind micro block build. Being environmentally conscious and considering future proofing my home for both health benefits and lower living costs but still maintaining a comfortable and beautiful home was challenging but rewarding.

The home facilitates the use of cross ventilation if required though not essential in a Passive House. Maximum use of orientation with consideration of council requirements for privacy screening on the block was again difficult but strategic placement of windows and living spaces inside the home ensured the maximum benefits to accompany the passive house elements. The use of a lightweight timber framed structure and use of both recycled and recyclable materials have reduced the carbon footprint of the building substantially. Premanufacturing of the building structure also reduced the waste on the building significantly, almost 75% which was again a very influential factor in building sustainably and with timber frame.

Overall my home is one of the highest performing buildings in WA and boasts beautiful design elements, world leading technology and ground breaking building practices. I am very pleased with the outcome and love my new home.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$26,000
Total cost of home when constructed
$537,000
Estimate of annual savings
$1665
Universal Design Features
Hobless showers
BAL Rating
N/A
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Insulated panels or blocks
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Recycled and reused
Aggregate
Bricks
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Gold Batts
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Bulk - glass wool
Rating: R5.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross flow ventilation
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
Indoor plants for air filtration
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
All electric home
Yes
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Heat exchange ventilation system
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Garden / Outdoors
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Recycle