The Cape Passive House 2021

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House Notes – The Cape Passive House

The Passive House Project in Cape Paterson is situated in the heart of the The Cape eco village of Cape Paterson. This house is the First Passive House in the estate featuring a modern style, designed to suit the block and its surrounds.

The owners had become accustomed to the thoughtful, sustainably designed homes in the region when they approached North South Homes to become involved in their dream of building and living in a passive house. To them a passive house would answer their needs to have a home that encompasses not only sustainable building practices and running costs but also allows them year round comfort and in particular a healthy living environment.

This home has been designed to achieve the rigorous standards of the International Passive House Institute which implores the importance of a fabric-first construction standard.

In its essence the passive house design delivers very high performance and comfort for the lifetime of the building. This house, therefore, relies on building physics and carefully integrated, minimal building services and technology.

This home’s quality of construction can be summarised in the 5 Building Principles of Passive House design: Insulation, Thermal Bridge Free, Air Tightness, Triple Glazed Certified Passive House Windows, Air Ventilation.

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8 stars using NatHERS accredited software. Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat exchange ventilation system
      Heat pump
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 120 litres per person
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Colourbond Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 20,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Hyundai Kona
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves

    • Window Protection:
    • External electric shade blinds on west and north windows and awnings on some north windows. All to block out unwanted sun heat gain when necessary.
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Benchtops
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor

    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • R6
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • All thermal bridge free construction detailed to passive house standards (eliminating any possibilities of mould developing inside the home).
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R4
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6.4kw
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 3.5 kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 632,674.00
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $60K
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • Up to 90% savings over a standard home
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 189 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Prefabricated external and internal walls delivered to build site
    • Window and Door Types
    • Skylights
      Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
      Triple glazing

    • Window and Door Types
    • Passive House Certified Timber/Aluminum Windows
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Kitchen bench/table for wheelchairs to access (75-85cm high)
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Loud doorbell/connected to flashing light
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
      Window openings easily accessible
      Various heights for benches in kitchens
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
      Automated ventilation system
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
      Wax based sealer/finish
Location
Cape Paterson VIC 3995
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • North South Homes
    • Designer
    • Environmental Homes and Landscape

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