The Panel House 2021

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House Notes – The Panel House

The Panel House is one of the latest Passive House (PH) projects by G-LUX Builders who specialise in custom high-performance and Passive Houses. The entire team at G-LUX has a huge passion for high-quality craftsmanship and loves exploring new build technologies and materials. The goal is to find the most economical and efficient solutions for each project. Collaborating successfully with other experts in the industry and working in a design & construct method has enabled G-LUX to gain essential experience and knowledge over the years.

Owner and Managing Director, Jesse Glascott wanted to use all the experience the business had gained over the years while also applying new building methods and materials. After a year of developing the right design idea for the house and researching different materials and ways to build it, the idea for the Panel House was born.

Some of the key elements of this two-story, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom certified Passive House Plus build includes: prefabricated structural insulated panels (SIPs), mass timber, wood fibre insulation, green roof, 30000L rainwater supply, heat pump hot water system, concrete that reduces the environmental impact, solar PV system, Australian made PH timber windows and sustainably sourced fixtures & fittings.

The indoor environment quality is improved with views of nature, natural daylight through the passive architectural design, circadian lighting, cross ventilation as well as a heat recovery ventilation system ensuring constant flow of fresh air while maintaining stable temperatures. A number of sustainably sourced Australian hardwood claddings have been chosen for the project, in order to meet the BAL29 bushfire requirements.

The Panel House has encouraged G-LUX to follow it’s values as a business, and are looking forward to letting this experience influence future projects.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
      Water heated by PV system
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Underground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • TBC
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • Water Tanks
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 30000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Tesla
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      Louvres
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • - Envirocrete - Helix Steel Reinforcement (reduces the amount of steel required) - Mass Timber Construction - Wood Fibre in addition to SIP wall panels - Sustainably manufactured basins, baths and sanitary fixtures and fittings - Sustainably sourced Australian hardwood claddings
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Basins/sinks
      Bath
      Concrete
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Floor Type:
    • PIR Board + Wood Fibre
    • Floor Rating:
    • 6.1
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Insulated panels
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 10.3
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • 2.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 4.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Insulated Panel System + Wood Fibre
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 10.5
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • TBC
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • TBC, 2021
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 100000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $5000+
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 246
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Green roof
      Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Structural insulated panels (SIP's)
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Clerestory windows
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
      Triple glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Green roof
      Green walls
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Natural swimming pool
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Automated ventilation system
      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 light and ventilation
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
Location
Warrandyte VIC 3113
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • G-LUX Builders
    • Designer
    • 5cSBD

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