The Cottage, Kettering 2024

House Notes – The Cottage, Kettering

This 2023 home is designed for a semi-retired couple, built adjacent to the original house for the family grandparents. It was specified to be energy and electrically efficient with extensive insulation (underfloor, walls and ceiling spaces) together with UPVC double glazing, induction cooktop and heat-pump hotwater service. It has been assessed for energy efficiency as at least 7.8 stars.

Local regulations restrict the internal habitable space at 60 square metres but an innovative T-shaped footprint design produced two outside covered spaces and an external store cupboard.

Sustainability Features

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2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Blackwater system
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 120
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 54,000l
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Cupra Born
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds

    • Window Protection:
    • Long external roof overhang to provide summer shading
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polystyrene board
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.2
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 7.8Kwh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $210,000 excluding land
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1200
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 60
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • No stairs/steps
      Rocker style light switches
      Slip resistant flooring
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Frog friendly
      Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
Location
Kettering TAS 7155
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • RA Edwards & Sons, Woodbridge, Tasmania
    • Designer
    • TAD Design Architects

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