Green Design 2020

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Location
Warranwood VIC 3134
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • R and K Service
    • Designer
    • Green Design Solutions

About Green Design

Janine’s passive solar home features an exposed concrete slab facing northwest, narrow build to increase air exchange, awning and sliding double-glazed windows on opposite walls for air flow. All living and bedrooms have two-way ceiling fans for winter and summer settings.

Heating is via a first-storey-installed Coonara 5-star rated gas log fire and 15% of heat flued to downstairs via a fan. Heated air is also circulated with winter setting on ceiling fans. A Ventis ventilation system extracts heated air from the roof cavity and at a single ceiling space at the top of the stairwell to purge hot air as it rises in summer to outside. During autumn and spring particularly, heated air in the roof cavity is pumped back into the house as supplementary heating through a medical-grade filter.
The home has been designed to have the living areas in the treetops and face north- north/west. The house has been zoned with doors into living areas both on ground floor and first floor. The doors help to control the unwanted movement of air throughout the house.

Other features include:

  • Insulation: R6 in ceiling, R2.5 in walls.
  • Decking: plantation Spotted Gum decking, and steel balustrading and uprights for longevity.
  • Eaves/Shading: 900mm eaves on all orientations, additional shading devices on three northwest-facing doors and windows.
  • Waste: internal – separated waste bins for recycling, compost and waste; external worm farm.
  • Water: 15,000L rainwater tank for the vegetable garden and connected to flushing all toilets. Grey- and blackwater waste has been plumbed separately in-slab for future greywater connection.
  • Solar Hot Water: Solar Lord 11 evacuated tubes linked to 6-star rated gas-boosted instantaneous. Another smaller unit services the kitchen and powder room, whilst the larger services the utility rooms in the east end of the home.
  • Lighting: LEDs, T5 and compact fluorescents throughout the home achieve 2.09W/m2 in living- and bedrooms and 4.65W/m2 in utility rooms, with an average of 3.02W/m2.
  • Solar PV: 2kW
  • Edible Garden: Growing nut trees and a range of vegetables, which are being watered by rainwater.

Website links: Green Design Solutions and eTool.

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6.0 stars using NatHERS accredited software.

Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat exchange ventilation system
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Stormwater management
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 110
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Timber benchtops, timber flooring, exposed concrete for thermal mass
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Insulation
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Polyester batts
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6 Stars
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $550,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $40,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 250m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Colorbond)

    • Wall Materials
    • Fibrecement sheet
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Stacking windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Cross flow ventilation
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural light and ventilation

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