Passive House Features in BALFZ 2023

House Notes – Passive House Features in BALFZ

Please note that this home is not open in-person for Sustainable House Day, unless privately organised with the homeowner.

A tricky block in a bushfire flame zone – results in an art gallery-style with Passivhaus features. This home in the Blue Mountains is built on an old sandstone quarry and has been designed to look like a New York art gallery.

It is minimalistic with no architraves or cornices. Its adaptable design is accessible for everyone as there are no steps. It’s extremely energy efficient as it incorporates passive design principles.

It was a tricky block as it backs onto a railway line, is in a bushfire flame zone, has a slope and is in an environmental E2 zone.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2023
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • ducted air conditioner ESP with inverter
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Automation/controls
      Blinds
      Eaves
      Roller doors
      Shutters
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • High-raked ceiling with exposed rafters and herringbone to top it off. It has exposed air conditioning ducts and polished concrete floors to give it a commercial feel, and vertical cladding externally and internally. This minimises the use of materials to clad /hide the ducting
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – natural wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • wool
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R4.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – natural wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 1,200,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $150,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 10,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 300
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – FZ: Direct exposure to flames from fire front in addition to heat flux of greater than 40kW/m2 and ember attack
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double hung
      Pocket doors
      Sliding windows/doors
      Stacking windows/doors
      180 degree opening doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      No Corner cupboards
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Remote power open and close doors
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Natural light and ventilation
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
Location
Faulconbridge NSW 2776
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Split Building
    • Designer
    • Jakaan Architects

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