ECHO Hawthorn 2024

House Notes – ECHO Hawthorn

ECHO Hawthorn is a multi-residential development of 8 townhouses targeting Passivhaus Certification, due for completion in July 2024. This is the first off-the-plan Passivhaus project in Australia. ECHO is important as a proof of concept that Passivhaus is commercially viable, and can be delivered successfully by the private sector. High-performance buildings like ECHO are an important component of moving the building stock towards decarbonisation and lowering energy consumption by the building sector, where 31% of global energy demand goes towards building operation (70% of which are residential buildings).
Applying the Passivhaus standard on a multi-residential scale required a rethink of how projects are conventionally planned, managed and financed, and poses new challenges during construction for sequencing and trade management at scale.
Although we will not be able to have site visits for SHD 2024, a case study of ECHO Hawthorn will be discussed at this year’s Passivhaus Conference in Melbourne, scheduled for 23-24 May 2024, followed by site visits with limited slots on 25 May 2024.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Heat recovery ventilation system
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Underground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 60
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • Concrete Tank
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 16000
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Eaves
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Pelmets
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Durrapanel Proctorwrap SA Logikhaus Windows FAKRO skylights Zehnder HRVs Reclaim DHW
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • XPS
    • Floor Rating:
    • 5.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 4.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Glasswool batts and Durrapanel
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 4.2
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 4
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 2500000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 2500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 190
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
      Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer

    • Wall Materials
    • Durrapanel
    • Window and Door Types
    • Skylights
      Tilt and turn
      Triple glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Lift/elevator
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Location
Hawthorn VIC 3207
    • Housing Type:
    • High Density Housing/Strata Development/Unit
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Creation Homes
    • Designer
    • Neil Architecture

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