Swinley Approach 2020

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Dunsborough WA 6281
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Kerrigan Builders
    • Designer
    • designButton

About Swinley Approach

This passive solar, energy efficient home can be found in the heart of Dunsborough Lakes on a smaller suburban block. Built on a tight budget it really showcases what is possible to anyone considering building a new home.

The home is thermally comfortable year-round, with no need for active heating and cooling systems which has been achieved through optimal north facing orientation, considered location of windows for climate control, cross ventilation, insulation, floor and wall mass ratio to glazing and room volume. Carefully considered and located recycled red brick walls to the living areas, as well as making the building is only 2 rooms deep also helps to maximise performance of this home.

The home features an exposed slab on ground (minimising use of building materials and toxins by omitting tiles, glue and grout), predominantly timber framed external walls yet with some reverse brick veneer is strategic locations is ideal for the mild, temperate Dunsborough climate.

The north side, where main living areas are located will have deep winter sun ingress across the concrete slab as well as selected, internal brick walls. In summer, these mass walls thermally coupled to the floor will absorb infiltrated heat and as such minimise overall temperature fluctuations. Wider hallways, walk-in showers and recessed sill to all external sliding doors have been implemented to aid with accessibility and allowing good flow through the house.

The home has been designed to take best advantage of the southwest cooling breezes with strategic placement of windows and doors that aid airflow through all spaces of the home. Correct placement of insulation under the roof, in the ceiling and in the walls, have been used for maximum protection in summer infiltration and winter heat loss.

Swinley Approach has been designed to be used by most families; from young couples without children transitioning to their first child and through to retirement. This has been done by careful zoning of the overall building and with specific placement of bedrooms, living areas and utility areas.

Furthermore, the home is designed with excellent day lighting in mind through the placement of windows and sliding doors, so lighting should not need to be turned on during daylight hours. Outside of daylight hours all lighting has been designed to minimise energy usage by specific selection of LED lights with consideration for mood, task lighting and for the need for better lighting.

All fixtures and fittings have been considered to minimise water usage in the building. Home is also pre-plumbed for both grey water use and rain water harvesting.

Consideration has been given to provide an edible nontoxic water wise garden. Landscaping the block to develop a micro-climate reduces the ambient temperature around the building and creates a more inviting space for occupants.
A 6kW photovoltaic system has been installed with a space for a future battery to be added, making this home carbon negative.

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    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances

    • Energy efficiency:
    • Home boasts a battery and feeds power back to the grid
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • instantaneous gas for now to be upgraded to a heat pump in the near future
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 150L/day
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Home is pre-plumbed for rainwater harvesting and grey water use
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Drapes/curtains
    • Sustainable materials:
    • All glazing though out the home is Low-E
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Anticon
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.9
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3.0
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6.9
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 4kWh
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $300,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $10,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • ~$3,500, but maybe more
    • House Size
    • 224m2 (including garage & porch)
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Reverse Brick veneer

    • Wall Materials
    • internal recycled brick walls
    • Window and Door Types
    • Clerestory windows
      Double hung
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Universal access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Community vegetable garden
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation

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