McDonald St 2021

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House Notes – McDonald St

The home had only a 3-star energy rating before undergoing Sustainable Home Transformation and the new design now has a 7-star energy rating! Some of the key features making it a Sustainable Transformation are : majority of the front & back gardens were preserved throughout construction, a number of materials from the existing house were repurposed and reused such as weatherboards, floorboards, roof rafters as pergolas, etc and all timber used in framing PEFC certified. The clever orientation & layout and elements such as thermally broken windows, solar power, good insulation, make our home a very comfortable & energy efficient home!

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
      Hydronic
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Existing Rainwater tank reused
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Majority of the front and back Gardens are kept in place & maintained throughout the build Refurbished 3 existing double hung sash timber windows and made them double glazed rather than demolishing Existing Weatherboards repaired and repainted rather than demolishing Existing roof rafters in the demolished area are to be used in the new pergola (where practical and possible) Existing floorboards to be re-laid to study and hallway Dishwasher to be re-installed + Several Tap mixers to be reused Existing door handles & doors are reinstalled to bed 1, bed 2 & study Lights from existing hallway, lounge, bed 1, 2, & 3 to be re-used in same rooms Existing A/C Units are off gas & re-installed Existing Watertank and Pump to remain in use In slab & Panel Hydronic Heating- 16kw Galletti Hydronic Heat Pump PEFC Certified Framing Timber Rylock Windows Commercial Series Thermally Broken Frames Glazing Type: Double Glazed Low E comfort solution 1 x 3000L X 900 W Heka Hoods to provide shading Solar Power -5.625kW Stiebel Eltron Heat Pump 220 Litre - WWK222 Mostly 4 star water saving taps, some 5 stars ones
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Basins/sinks
      Bath
      Cladding
      Decking
      Doors
      Floorboards
      Light fixtures / fittings
      Roofing material
      Tapware
      Timber
      Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6 - Existing & R5 - New
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R 1.5 50mm Anticon Roof Blanket
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5HD
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R4
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5.625
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 11.4
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 600k, 2021
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • About 30k for solar panels, in slab hydronic heating, efficient & energy saving water heating unit & 4-star water saving taps
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 1200 (Solar) + more for Water heating Unit that extracts energy from the air to heat water
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 163 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double hung
      Low-e, films
      Retrofit Double Glazing
      Skylights
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Loud doorbell/connected to flashing light
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      No Corner cupboards
      Power points at 60cm above floor level and 50cm from internal corners
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bird-nesting boxes
      Frog friendly
      Organic
      Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Repair
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Northcote VIC 3070
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Builder
    • Sustainable Homes Melbourne
    • Designer
    • LRW Design

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