Cortes Kiln 2018

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Location
Gapsted VIC 3737
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit
    • Builder
    • Rocklea Builders by Pat Nannipieri
    • Designer
    • Whispering Smith Architect

About Cortes Kiln

Cortes Kiln is an Airbnb weekender in the Victorian High Country nestled amongst the trees on a 94-year-old walnut farm, designed for couples to decompress and regenerate.

The project is a renovation of a 100-year-old brick tobacco kiln that had a timber and fibro shack added to its flank some time in the 1940s. We thought carefully about how we could keep the existing shack’s timber frame while repairing its awkward join to the kiln, and we used that new separation to bring in northern light by cladding the new joining roof in a translucent skin. We explored the need for the house to be separated into areas for heating and cooling, and made the living and sleeping areas highly insulated.

The lush internal green courtyard with an in-situ bath for guests, which is open to the hallway, is all about getting light and warmth into the house through the thinner transparent skin during the day, but is zoned-off during the night as the house contracts, for warmth. The cottage is about solar passive design – winter sun and access to lush, cool, green space in summer.

In addition, this sustainable house also features recycled timber, solar panels, thermodynamic hot water system, roof and wall insulation, ground-level gutters to reduce fire risk (plumbed to rainwater tank) and Bauwerk limepaint.

Designed by Whispering Smith Architect.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross-ventilation

    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Transluscent polycarbonate sheeting
    • Water heating:
    • Thermodynamic solar hot water system
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Earthwool® ceiling batts
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R3.5
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Earthwool® ceiling batts
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy
    • Thermodynamic hot water system
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 73m2
    • BAL Rating
    • N/A
    • Roof
    • Metal (colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water-wise plants
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Chemical-free cleaning products used
      Cross-flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish

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