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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
'There are 54,000 litres stored on site through these tanks and some perimeter iron tanks utilised as fencing, but then the house uses recycled water from The Ecovillage for toilets, laundry, lawns and vegie gardens,' Kerry says. A dual water delivery system uses low- energy low and high pressure systems to provide water conser vation, while black and greywater is directed to the estate's sewer and delivered back to the house for toilet flushing, yard usage and washing machine usage. The LLH also educates the general public, builders and designers about its waste system. Mandated within the architectural and landscaping code of The Ecovillage is that residents must provide provision or compost for the disposal of their organic matter on their lot. The kitchen has two bins disguised stylishly as regular cupboards, which provide receptacles for landfill waste and recyclables and organic matter. Each is delivered to a central waste facility. Kerry is keen to advise people that when it comes to lighting, use what you need rather than what the latest trend is. If every single light inside and out were turned on at the LLH, there would still be only 270 watts of power used. 'All of the fittings and globes are compact fluoros or LEDs. There's also less of them than in a standard building,' she says. After their immensely enjoyable nine- month stint, Chris and Kerry decided to put the LLH on the market. 'When the time came to leave, we didn't want to go,' Kerry says. 'The whole Ecovillage is great for owners to get a practical application of sustainable living, so luckily we are staying in the village and having a house built during the next phase of the development. ' gs BED 2 BED 1 UTILITY NORTH DECK POND WEST DECK SOUTH DECK LIVING DINING KITCHEN ideas everyone can use • use locally-sourced recycled materials wherever possible • allow for cross ventilation through open windows, avoiding barriers to the free-flow of air • identify lighting needs and use compact fluoros or LED lighting • install or use separate bins for landfill waste, recyclables, and organic matter for the garden compost. LEFT: With every light turned on -- inside and out -- only 270 watts of power is used ABOVE: 80 per cent of the Living Laboratory House is made from recycled or reused materials greensmart 2009 25 © Architect: Will Collins Design Photos courtesy Adam Sebastian West