Cocoon House 2021

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House Notes – Cocoon House

COCOON HOUSE (Designology’s prototype ‘Convertible Home‘), is open Sustainable House Day. This multi-award winning home is FIRE & STORM resistant. The SEMI-PREFABRICATED light weight structure provides flexibility internally (no load bearing walls), and achieved high levels of recognition winning multiple industry awards for innovation, environmental credentials and overall pragmatic approach to human factor interfaces in rural and remote locations.

The Cocoon House, ‘Convertible Home’ is 2 storeys, with 4-5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 1 powder-room and large balconies. Cocoon House is off-grid. Awnings are installed on windows for weather protection and security. Designology can build to BAL40.

Designology specialise in understanding the practical uses of environmental systems and processes integrated into an energy efficient structure. We comfortably achieve a minimum 6 – 8 star energy rating in a cool temperate zone through a combination of bulk insulation and thermal mass.
Other uses of technology include:

    • Solar energy sources to provide full or partial off the grid capacity
    • Heat recovery ventilation systems
    • Centralised waste and recycling systems through the use of Biogas conversion technologies
    • Water management through the use of above ground tanks and bladder bags
    • Grey and Black water treatment facilities via onsite or packaged systems

 

Steel Colourbond CGI (corrugated iron) roof and wall cladding has – durability, low thermal mass, low maintenance, fire and storm resistance and economics. The main superstructure has been designed using lightweight steel framing. Although steel has relatively high embodied energy compared to timber, unlike timber it’s infinitely recyclable.

Click here to watch trailer for the first episode of ArchiTel features the Convertible House. Kevin Starling of Designology has designed and built an alternative environmentally sustainable fire and storm resistant dwelling, “The Convertible House”.

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This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6 stars using NatHERS accredited software (BersPro). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2019
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Off-grid, solar panels
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Blackwater system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 200kL
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 27,000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Whole house
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Automation/controls
      Awnings (external)
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6 Star
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 273m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 40: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 40kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Sliding windows/doors
      Skylights
    • Universal design accessability
    • Disability access
      Wheelchair access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Native plants
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • No carpets
Location
Newbury VIC 3458
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Designology Pty Ltd
    • Designer
    • Designology Pty Ltd

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