2014 SA Greensmart Energy Efficiency Home of the Year

This award winning custom built home is located in Port Elliot South Australia

Designed for maximum energy efficiency, this home was created for an environment-conscious couple who were looking to eventually retire to the coast to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

For ideal Northerly aspect the home becomes quite long often resulting in lots of passages and poor street appeal.   Clever design using offset blocks has resulted in every room having a Northerly aspect and direct cross-flow ventilation while creating great aesthetic articulation.  Ceiling fans have been included in all rooms to further improve climate control. UPVC windows were used to minimise energy loss while also being easy to maintain.

This efficiency is further bolstered by the thermal mass provided by the polished concrete floor and raked ceilings offering maximum northern exposure and high/low cross flow to the living area.

The reverse brick veneer home includes three bedrooms, a study, two living areas, double garage two bathrooms and a laundry.  It has been constructed from a combination of insulated rammed earth, Hardies cladding, render brick and corrugated iron.  The insulated rammed earth was used as an architectural feature at the front of the home and entry, but also to add to thermal mass in the living area.

The client has installed an extensive solar system on the shed roof, so the location of this vital power source had to be considered carefully during the design and layout of the site.

With so much of the home’s design dependent on the sun, the construction was aligned to provide maximum separation between the home and the northern boundary.  This would not only assist with privacy for the clients, but would protect against possible shading from any potential adjacent development.

The resulting home is a great example of what can be achieved with energy efficient design concepts coupled with a passion for the environment.