A Modern Townhouse 2020

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Location
Box Hill North VIC 3129
    • Housing Type:
    • Development
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Eastwood Property Pty Ltd
    • Designer
    • Planet Architecture

About A Modern Townhouse

This generous 645 square metre site is redeveloped to accommodate two 7.7 Star townhouses, each with space for parking, productive gardens and trees.

Sustainable Features:

HOT WATER
– Sanden heat pump.

RENEWABLE ENERGY
– 100% accredited GreenPower due to low average daily energy use of 5.7kWh/day.

WATER SAVING
– All taps are 5 star WELS rated
– Caroma Profile toilet which allows hand washing with the clean water that enters the cistern once the toilet has been flushed
– 2510L slimline rainwater tank fitted with Onga pump and Davey Rainbank water controller. Rainwater supplies toilets, laundry and garden taps
– Bosch front-loader washing machine, 4-star energy and water rating.

PASSIVE DESIGN
– All habitable rooms (bar one bedroom) face north, with bathroom, stairs, entry, laundry, pantry facing south
– Insulated concrete slab for thermal mass
– All windows and glazed doors on the north side are fitted with eaves to prevent slab overheating in summer
– Insulation: walls R2.5 high density (HD) Knauf Earthwool batts; ceiling R6.0 Knauf Earthwool batts and Aircell insulation membrane
– Cross ventilation via south opening windows.

ACTIVE HEATING & COOLING
– Hydronic heating: pipes sit in a special cement screed above the structural concrete slab, with Poly Underfoot foam insulation in between – ensuring footings are not heated. Boiler: Sime super-efficient condensing gas boiler
– Lucci-Air ceiling fan in the study and master bedroom.

BUILDING MATERIALS
– Plantation pine wall and roof frame
– Colorbond roof in Surfmist, MiniOrb steel cladding in Basalt and James Hardie Axon and Matrix Cladding
– Modwood (made from recycled wood and plastic) balcony balustrade
– Recycled internal wall timber lining boards (many reclaimed floorboards from demolished house, balance was obtained from recycler)
– Finger-jointed plantation pine architraves and skirting boards, solid plantation pine shelving, Low-VOC Ardex range of glues and sealants.

WINDOWS & GLAZING
– Double-glazed Victorian ash windows from Premier Doors and Windows, with 14mm gap and argon filled cavity
– Low-e glazing to west-facing windows
– Rubber draught-proofing seals to all windows and doors.

LIGHTING
– LED lighting throughout.

PAINTS, FINISHES & FLOOR COVERINGS
– Low-VOC Wattyl interior design paints to interior walls
– Wattyl interior design water- based enamel paints; Wattyl Solaguard externally
– Signorino floor tiles throughout ground floor and bathrooms laminate floor upstairs.

OTHER ESD FEATURES
– Vegie patch in the front garden

– Urban infill, replacing one dilapidated residence with two energy-efficient residences, while retaining open space.

Designed by Marie Carrel from Planet Architecture and built by Eastwood Property

Read more about this home in Sanctuary #35 Modern townhouse Written by Verity Campbell and photographed by Ben Wrigley

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Hydronic
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Natural daylight
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • batts + reflective
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Polystyrene
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.0
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • batts
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • R2.7
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $40,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2,000 per year
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants
      Water wise plants

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