Forest Lodge ECO House
I was inspired by the chance to design and build a contemporary ECO house on one of the last remaining vacant land sites in the city of Sydney with a width of 4.9 meters and a total land area of only 89m2.
Many years of research and development would be encompassed within the structure of this building.
The finished building stands as testament to current design, complimenting the neighbouring terraces and placing it in the urban history of the city of Sydney.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The modern contemporary ECO house was designed to not only reflect todays modern architecture, but to blend in with its 140 year old neighbours. Many sustainability ideas and technologies were used to create a truly ECO house. The finished building stands as testament to current design complimenting the neighbouring terraces and placing it in the urban history of the city of Sydney.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The house has received an 8.5plus Star rating based on its energy efficiency and thermal performance. One of the highest in Australia. The average house in Australia has an average star rating of 3.5 to 4.
Contributing factors are, Double glazed LowE windows , Roof and vertical gardens, LED lighting throughout, Solar heating of house and hot water tank, Internal and external solar blinds, Water features for evaporative cooling.
The Air Conditioning has not been used due to the house being so well insulated.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project construction started in July 2012 and was completed at the end of August 2013 in Forest Lodge in the heart of Sydney Australia's heritage precinct.
The project was featured on the television series Grand Designs Australia in November 2013.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Eco design principals were used to create intelligent innovative design. Many of the systems were custom designed and built specifically for this house, providing innovation not seen in Australia. Examples are 1.Solar tubes that store heat in the under ground heat storage cell below the house. 2.The water pipes connected to the steel reinforcement mesh of the concrete slab are heated by solar allowing warm air to rise and create free heating on demand. 3. Free solar hot water.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The land size is 89m2.
The internal living space is 120m2.
There is 1m2 more of external green space then internal living space.
The house has 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and laundry.
The entire houses LED lighting is equivalent to 3 x 60watt standard light globes
Double glazing to all windows.
3,500 litre underground water tank
Use of second hand building materials
Excess materials were sorted and taken for recycling
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I left Australia in for Europe and America in early 2000, wanting to expand my awareness and knowledge of sustainability within the construction industry. This enabled me to return to Australia with a clear vision of a sustainability model I could tailor to Australian conditions.
The challenge was creating a sustainable ECO home that was not an eyesore to its surrounding, 140 year old heritage listed neighbours.
The design had to consider the proportions of the neighbouring adjoining terraces to allow it to fit within the council parameters.
Access to the site was heavily constrained requiring creative thinking for both design and delivery of materials forcing many ideas to be custom fabricated.
Years of research gained through working on international sustainable projects assisted greatly with the design.
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