The Blue House 2015

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Location
Elwood VIC 3184
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Mark Projects Pty Ltd

About The Blue House

A new house completed in late 2012 for a family with two young children.The house has been conceived around a main living space, a single big room on the ground floor with open-glazed areas to the front outdoor garden and deck, framed by a steel pergola and sliding timber slat screen for privacy and sun shading. The kitchen/laundry ‘block’ partially screens the living and dining space to the east facing side street and an entry/studio opposite forms a framed vista to the rear backyard, a private play area with sand pit, veggie patch and a ‘Lilly pad’ deck which surrounds the base of an existing Magnolia tree providing a welcome shady play area.

The first floor contains three bedrooms with the main bedroom to the front separated by a bathroom which features a raised roof and highlight louvre windows, the so called ‘green lantern’ which also provides private natural light and acts as a thermal ventilation stack during the warmer summer months. The upper floor cantilevers forward creating shade under and is recessed above to form a reveal to a window for privacy with a garden planter space for outlook from the main bed room to the city views beyond.

This house has a compact footprint which allows for greater landscaping and thus reduces stormwater runoff. The design also carefully considers orientation for sunlight and ventilation. Winter sun warms the solid internal floor and walls whilst in summer with additional retractable shading remains cool assisted further with cross ventilation throughout.

Energy Rating 7.3

Website vernon.com.au

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading
      Cross ventilation
      Thermal chimney
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Hydronic
      Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Underground storage
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • concrete tank
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 22,500 litres
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • bricks
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Concrete
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • bulk ceiling/roof insulation
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.5
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • bulk insulation
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5HD
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.3
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 189
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Louvre windows
      Clerestory windows
    • Universal Design Features
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
      Water wise plants
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Composting
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Low VOC paint, timber, 100% wool carpet

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