CENTRAL COAST, NSW, AUSTRALIA
SUSTAINABLE & ENERGY EFFECIENT HOME
NAME: PATRICK house
Architect: Anne Robson and Jason Searle
Builder: Lou Projects
The house includes 3 bedrooms and a walk-in wardrobe, 2 bathrooms and a double lock-up garage. The internal floor area is 160 m2 and the alcove deck area 50m2. The house has a 3.2kw Solar system, Solar Hotwater system and double glazed windows and doors. The exterior finish is FC cladding and brick veneer.
Sustainable & renewable materials
Patrick house is similar to Killara house, but there are some design differences. At the rear, there is a big beautiful Australian red cedar, this was preserved during the construction process which was difficult but the result is excellent. Our landscaper from Ocean Landscapes planted a mixture of natives and alike that like shaded exposure, complimenting the underside of the tree with them eventually also providing more natural privacy.
The house was also designed as a U shape, to provide privacy from the east, south and west sides, with a generous amount (50m2) of timber decking for entertaining.
Landscaping plays a vital role in the general feel of Patrick House as it adds to the cooling and shading where necessary. An example of this is the Japanese Maple planted at the front – in the summer the beautiful maple leaves provide shade to the entertaining area and in the winter the leaves shed, letting sunlight in to warm the internal areas.
At the front of the house, we installed a hardwood timber batten fence, and planted star jasmine to crawl along with it, eventually providing a naturally looking screening and an abundance of flowers for the bees to thrive on!
Take a look inside the house
Intelligent Solar System
Adam Woodbine of Ecosparky installed the 3.3KW Solar System. In addition to saving the new owner money, the unit is also linked with a smart home app, providing daily information about the power consumption of the home.
Annual Saving – $868.00
Lifetime Saving – $39,454.70
The orientation of the house is important and the overhang of the roof ensures that no sun enters the house in the summer months during peak hours of exposure, as the sun sits higher in the sky the eve casts a shadow reducing thermal uptake. However, during the cooler months, as the sun sits lower the high pitched roof ensures direct sunlight into the house and warms the concrete slab (thermal mass). This thermal mass holds its heat, and as it comes into the night the slab continues to radiate heat during the night.
Solar HWS evacuated tubes
Evacuated tube solar collectors convert energy from the sun. They have a vacuum between two glass layers and work similarly to a thermos flask allowing it to retain up to 95% of the solar energy they capture. Post heating there is a 315L thermal storage tank to ensure consistent hot water supply is readily available at $0 per L!
Positioning of windows are important. The most common winds on the central coast during the middle of summer come from the east, the cooling winds from the ocean generally means you will have cooler nights. Opening the louvres at either end of the breezeway will mean the house will flush the hotter air with cooler temperatures. It will also push the warmer air up the rake of the roof and out the northern facing louvres.
Double glazed windows
The windows are Insulated Glass Units (IGU). They work by incorporating a vacuum thermal cavity between two panels of glass. Resulting in less energy being transferred between the interior and exterior of the building.
It enhances indoor retention of cool air in summer, or warm air in winter, relieving strain on heating systems and air conditioners.
5000L Water Storage Tank.
100% of the possible roof catchment area is directed into the 5000L storage take, maximising irrigation opportunities throughout the year.
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Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Designed by architects Anne Robson and Jason Searle.
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