This multi-generational home has been designed to the gold level of Livable housing. With a self-contained studio embedded in the design and potential for internal access to the unit next door, this home has the ability to cater to different generations of the family living and sharing together. The home also showcases industry best-practice for sustainable design and living.
Passive Design Principles featured:
- North Facing Orientation
- Shading Devices
- Permeable Surfaces
- Cross Flow Ventilation
- Light Roof Colour
- High Performance UPVC Double Glazing
- High level of Building Sealing or air tightness
Other features include:
- Capturing All Roof Water to 2000lt Rain water tank
- Gas Free Development
- Climate Wise Gardens
- Use of Recycled Materials
- Operable External Shading
- Heat Recovery System
- EV Charging Point
- Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Water efficient fixtures
- PV Solar Array
- Battery Storage
Demonstrating the 12 core design elements of the Liveable Housing Australia (LHA) Gold Level and building upon the core livable housing design elements featured in LHA Silver level plus enhanced requirements. LHA Gold level provides for more generous dimensions for most of the core livable housing design elements and introduces additional elements in areas such as the kitchen and bedroom.
The Dwelling works in concert with the other two multi-unit dwellings as a multi generational design to allow a family to share common resources at different stages of their lives, increasing social interactions and minimising social isolation.
Use of Recycled Materials include Canberra Red Bricks sourced from old Canberra home knock downs. Recycled Component to the concrete slab using 30% fly ash in the mix and a recycled plastic pod form system in the slab instead of using Styrofoam pods.
Mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) systems provide a total ventilation system for well-sealed homes. These systems may work in conjunction with an existing heating system. They draw in external air and extract heat from outgoing, humid air with a heat exchanger and use it to temper fresh incoming air. This recovers the heat from outgoing air to minimise losses, while maintaining fresh air replacement at levels required to maintain health and amenity. The air is filtered as it enters and leaves the home; this is especially useful in areas and during periods of high pollution and pollen. The system operates continuously to ensure optimum indoor air quality.