North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre 2020

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Location
North Keppel Island QLD 4703
    • Housing Type:
    • Residential Environmental Education Centre
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Builder
    • QBuild
    • Designer
    • QBuild

About North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre

North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre is a residential facility controlled by Education Queensland for up to 50 school students at a time and for community groups at weekends. The Centre occupies a lease in a National Park and the island is just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The site was formerly a basic tourist resort and there is a mix of renovated and new buildings. The Centre is off-grid for both power and water so the students gain an experience of sustainable living during their stay.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)

    • Water heating:
    • Gas boosting
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Compost toilet
      Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 60 litres
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Concrete and fibreglass tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 950,000 litres
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Tubular skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Eaves
      Louvres

    • Window Protection:
    • Deep verandahs along two sides
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • New cabins elevated to allow air circulation
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R2
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV off-grid
      Wind
    • Size of PV system:
    • 30kW solar plus 10 kW wind
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 3kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $3 million
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $200,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $60,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Louvre windows
      Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
      180 degree opening doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Rocker style light switches
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Soldier fly larvae digest food scraps
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Greenhouse
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Natural swimming pool
      Swales
      Water wise plants

    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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