Illawarra Flame House 2020

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Location
North Wollongong NSW 2500
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Open with support of
    • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
    • Builder
    • Team UOW
    • Designer
    • Team UOW

About Illawarra Flame House

The retrofitted house has been designed to appeal to older clients nearing retirement. Many of these people are ’empty nesters’ – parents whose children have moved on, and who no longer require the floor space of a large family home. The Illawarra Flame House is perfect for clients looking to downsize, while ensuring a clean energy future for their grandchildren. Design decisions have been made according to the principle of ageing-in-place, to ensure that the house can be enjoyed by the client for as long as possible. We have retained the essential architecture of the dwelling to ensure the retrofitted building will sit comfortably in the suburban environment and be socially accessible to the market.

The basic building form and architectural features are determined by the existing building, and have been retained where possible to provide an affordable and practical solution to preserving existing housing stock, while reducing the waste associated with demolition. Certain features of the house have been modified to enhance functionality of the layout, and to increase natural lighting, solar access and cross-flow ventilation, to greatly improve the liveability of the home.

To find out more, visit www.illawarraflame.com.au.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal chimney
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Heat exchange ventilation system
      Solar hydronic
    • Water heating:
    • PV thermal
      Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight

    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Celestial windows
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Nissan LEAF
    • Window Protection:
    • Automation/controls
      Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Honeycomb blinds

    • Window Protection:
    • Shading panels
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Hard wood, terracotta roof tiles & Kitchen tiles
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Earthwool with 80% recycled content. Recycled Australian hardwoods removed from demolished houses locally. E-Zero board for joinery items. Reconstituted recycled timber wall linings. Low embodied energy steel coatings. FSC-certified timber. HDPE pipe as a replacement for PVC.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Bottles
      Concrete
      Floorboards
      Glass
      Rocks/stone
      Tiles
      Timber

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      Floor
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect

    • Renewable energy
    • Phase change material & Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • Demonstration House/Temporary Accommodation
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 150m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No stairs/steps
      Pull out shelving easily accessible in wheelchairs
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Self closers to all external doors
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Aquaponics
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Green walls
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Automated ventilation system
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish

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