Tropical Pavilions 2020

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Location
Cairns QLD 4870
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Owner
    • Designer
    • Tony Lawson - Lawson Design

About Tropical Pavilions

Tropical Pavilions was designed as a series of Pods to maximize their potential use now & in the future. Site conditions are a tropical climate with potential cyclones so durability and strength are a priority. We opted for a small footprint and adjustable walls to minimize materials use and utilize maximum natural light & ventilation in a passive solar design. Timber was the main material used for its low carbon footprint and availability from local mills.

Corrugated steel roofing was used for cyclonic strength and was insulated with an R1.4 blanket backed up with Solomit compressed straw ceiling panels. Walls were also insulated with reflective foil & batts. Living without AC in the tropics requires an open building with cross flow ventilation & ceiling fans. Due to minimum services a home sewerage plant was used & all water was collected in tanks.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Blackwater system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • Unknown
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Zincalume metal
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 10,000l
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • A Passive Solar Design with northern orientation, maximum natural light and ventilation is important living in the tropics.
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Solomit recycled straw panels
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R 1.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R 3.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.5
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • Unknown
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $500,000.00
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • None
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • Unknown
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 180m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Universal Design Features
    • Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Slip resistant flooring
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Natural swimming pool
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Plastic free household
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation

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