The Blue House on Blackbutt Street 2019

Location
O'Connor ACT 2602
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • 35 Degrees
    • Designer
    • 35 Degrees & De Rome Architects



About The Blue House on Blackbutt Street

The Blue House is a compact, energy efficient secondary dwelling on a large inner city block that incorporates many universal design elements.

With 90sqm of living space, this all-electric home is light-filled, well-insulated, and low-maintenance.  It sits in an airy position high on O’Connor ridge with extensive views and has been cut in to sit comfortably on an otherwise sloping block.

The house supports the occupants indoor-outdoor, come and go as you please lifestyle. The modest size of the house reflects planning regulations, however the efficient design gives the house a spacious feel, permits harmonious living and reduces time spent on cleaning and maintenance.

There is plenty of storage which provides a place for everything and allows for the living spaces to remain clear and open. The garage and carport have been designed for easy access and storage of kayaks, bicycles and the like that complement the occupants active lifestyles.

Designed by 35 Degrees & De Rome Architects

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 83L
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3,000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
      Toilet
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Honeycomb blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Paving
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Wafflepod
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.0
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R1.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.3
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • House, garage and carport cost: ~$400,000 Total project cost ~$500,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $40,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3,000 p.a
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 90m2 living (+ 30m2 garage)
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      180 degree opening doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Disability access
      Multi-generational
      Wheelchair access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cross flow ventilation
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation