The Smart Eco Queenslander 2020

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Location
Albion QLD 4010
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Builder
    • na
    • Designer
    • The Smart Eco Group

About The Smart Eco Queenslander

The project demonstrates the ability to renovate a house from the 1920’s, to being a modern 8-star energy efficient home relevant to 2020’s.

From the outset, we engaged a multi-award winning architect, Gareth Cole who has over 40 years experience in the design and construction of passive solar homes. The brief was to modernise an old timber Queensland workers cottage life into an energy efficient passively designed, net zero family home.

Techniques and materials were selected to ensure this house considered low footprint in all stages from the building materials chosen and the construction techniques – to how it will perform as a low impact home  for its occupants.

The design of this renovation leveraged on the east west facing roof to maximise the solar PV generation potential of the site, and we seek to integrate this with other technology, such as a smart energy storage and possibly demand management down the track.

There will be more photos to come as we are still in the construction phase of this build.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Underground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 20
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • EcoSac
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 4000
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R2
    • Floor Type:
    • Hebel with added glasswool insulation
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Insulated panels
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R6
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R4
    • External Walls Type:
    • Wall detail achieves a R4.02 with double wall wrap and glasswool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • tbc
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 12
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 15
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 500,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 50,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • tba
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 220
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double hung
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cross flow ventilation

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