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Feature Project 1 – Haven 8.5 – The Belmont 8.5 Star Sustainable House.
Best Sustainable Project at National Association of Building Designers 2014 NABD Building Design Awards at Grand Designs Live…..
Best Energy Efficient Home at Building Designers Association of Victoria 2014 BDAV Building Design Awards…..
Best Custom Home under $300,000.00 & Best Sustainable & Energy Efficient House at Master Builders Association South/West Regional Awards…..
The client has specific requirement for the design and construction of the house to meet their needs for energy efficiency, sustainability and to provide a healthy living environment.
Each element of the home has been carefully assessed to provide a significant level of sustainability, performance, quality and comfort. The design and construction has addressed passive solar design and sustainability holistically. Materials have been chosen for the recycled content, sustainability, durability and contribution to the passive design such as thermal mass.
The home remains naturally comfortable due to the passive solar design and thermal mass with minimal requirement for supplementary heating
The passive solar design and thermal mass provided a high level of comfort without the need for air-conditioning through this summer’s heatwave conditions.
The energy efficiency of the home, combined with efficient appliances, lighting and the solar power provided low energy bills giving the client a low cost of living in this home.
Designed to be flexible to cater for the changing needs of the occupants over time. The three bed room layout is ideal for a small family. The third bedroom is able to be utilised as a bedroom, second living area or home office depending on the needs of the occupants.
The Client suffers from allergies and chemical sensitivities requiring additional attention, specifically the low VOC paints, adhesives and joinery materials. A heat exchange ventilation system and polished concrete slab provide a high quality indoor air.
Low maintenance is another benefit to the client with sustainable yet durable material choices with no requirement for ongoing painting and the like.