The Cove – The Sociable Weaver 2020

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House Notes – The Cove – The Sociable Weaver

Designed and built by The Sociable Weaver, the Cove design wraps around a central courtyard to provide a hidden oasis, inviting connection with nature while maintaining privacy. With three bedrooms on one arm of the u-shaped house, and the living/dining and master bedroom on the opposite arm, the Cove design is suitable for larger families. This unique design is suitable for any climate or setting (urban or rural), and would be particularly suited to areas that receive high winds, where the central courtyard can offer a retreat.

Features:

  • Passive solar design: Large double-glazed north-facing windows ensure maximum solar penetration in winter, heating the home naturally. The internal courtyard maximises northerly sun exposure to the rear three bedrooms, with a brick mass wall to hold heat
  • Thermal mass: A naturally burnished concrete slab and internal blockwork add thermal mass to the home to harvest and store solar heat
  • Courtyard design: Internal courtyard maximises northerly sun exposure to the rear bedrooms while also providing protection from southerly and westerly winds. For inhabitants, the courtyard provides another area to enjoy the outdoors and open the home to nature
  • 7.8 Star energy rating (and a higher energy rating can be achieved with design alterations).

Designed and built by The Sociable Weaver.

 

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.8 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

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SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass

    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Grapevines growing over courtyard
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Stormwater management
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Drapes/curtains

    • Window Protection:
    • Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Plasterboard- up to 15% recycled gypsum and 100% recycled paper lining. GECA certified
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Plasterboard from BGC Plaster which includes GECA Certification and up to 15% recycled gypsum and 100% recycled paper lining. Concrete slab composed of 10% fly ash. Wall framing & trusses are all FSC Certified. CHaymes zero-VOC paint to internal walls and ceilings throughout. Alpine FSC EO MDF low-formaldehyde glue. Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR concrete densifier- odourless and VOC-free.
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls

    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • Underslab- Climafoam R1.8
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.7
    • External Walls Type:
    • Earthwool batts and reflective foil
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2.56kW
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 184.36m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
      Timber

    • Wall Materials
    • Colorbond corrugated cladding, plasterboard with recycled gypsum and paper lining, Cement sheet
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films

    • Window and Door Types
    • Argon-filled double glazed windows
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No stairs/steps
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Location
Cape Paterson VIC 3995
    • Housing Type:
    • Display Home
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Open with support of
    • The Cape Sustainable Development
    • Builder
    • The Sociable Weaver
    • Designer
    • The Sociable Weaver

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