Sapphire Passive House 2020

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Location
Faulconbridge NSW 2776
    • Housing Type:
    • Display Home
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Blue Eco Homes
    • Designer
    • Sapphire / Blue Eco Concepts

About Sapphire Passive House

Blue Eco Homes’ ‘Sapphire’ display home is a Certified Passive House, completed in 2019. The Sapphire Passive House is carbon-zero, relying on building physics, location climate data, and carefully integrated minimal building services and technology. High performance glazing, insulation and an airtight building ensures the home’s internal temperature is constantly kept at a comfortable level ranging from 20 – 25 degrees with minimal reliance on artificial heating or cooling.

A ventilation system brings filtered clean air throughout the entire house so there’s no Co2 build up inside – perfect for people with respiratory issues or those seeking a healthier lifestyle.

It’s also 90 percent more energy efficient, using only 13.3kW per day to run. This includes hot water, heating, cooling, appliances and lighting – greatly reducing the environmental impact.

The Sapphire is the first Certified Passive House in the Blue Mountains, and the first Certified Passive House in Australia to also be built to Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone (BAL-FZ) regulations, the highest bushfire risk rating.

The Sapphire display home has also received the first Healthy House Australia certification from Buildingbiology Australia.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat exchange ventilation system
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Blackwater system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Water Tank
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Automation/controls

    • Window Protection:
    • Shutters
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Air tight barriers Thermal breaks - thermal bridge free construction
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Rocks/stone
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polystyrene board
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Floor Type:
    • XPS board
    • Floor Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Insulated reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.5
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R6.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • PAR board
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5.2kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.66kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 75%
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 239m2
    • 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)

    • Wall Materials
    • Inex board
    • Window and Door Types
    • Low-e, films
      Triple glazing
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No Corner cupboards
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Repair
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes

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