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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
GreenSmart Water Efficiency Housing Award. The award judges said of the K House: 'It is a good example of what can be achieved using comprehensive water management strategies including rainwater harvesting and the reuse of greywater. The building facilitates water wise behaviour and its design clearly demonstrates that a commitment to water efficiency can suit any lifestyle.' Wayne Campbell stresses the importance of using the precious resource in the most sustainable way possible, and says demand is growing for these features to be incorporated into new houses. 'It's about being smart in your design and thinking about how to make things more efficient.' In the case of the K House, materials and equipment used demonstrate that day-to-day water usage within the house can be reduced efficiently through design and construction. These features also need to be durable and easily maintained. The house is connected to mains water supply, but this will only be called upon if water storage on the property runs out. A 22,500-litre water storage tank lies under the rear deck and is connected to the house with a back-up Davey Rain Bank Pump. There's also a further 5000-litre concrete tank in front of the property that provides water in garden beds and lawn areas. 'We also planted indigenous vegetation and used soft indigenous plantings, shell grit mulch and controlled irrigation to lessen the degradation of the local environment and minimise water usage,' Wayne explains. The range of water-saving features continues inside, to lessen the overall use of potable water. These include triple-A rated dual-flush toilet systems, showerheads and tapware, plus a greywater system. The system, by Eco Care, collects water runoff from the bath and shower and re- distributes it on the southern side of the house. The house's impressive roof is also more than just a pretty face; it collects rainwater and redirects it into the storage tank. smarthomes smart essentials • rainwater har vesting • greywater recycling • C-BUS automation system • solar power • underfloor electrical radiant heating system • louvres for cross-ventilation • four-star dual-flush toilets. THE HOUSE'S IMPRESSIVE ROOF IS ALSO MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE; IT COLLECTS RAINWATER AND REDIRECTS IT INTO THE STORAGE TANK The K House is equipped with the latest innovative technology -- the C-BUS2. This is the simplest, most intuitive and newest accredited integrated smart home system, and can easily be upgraded to assimilate into the overall electrical systems to keep up with the latest trends. Features include a home networking hub enabling the clients to share computer files, printers and paid TV throughout the home. There's also a security system enabling clients to set multiple alarm zones, smoke detectors and a lighting system. The owners can adjust the climatic control of the holiday home, allowing them to predetermine the temperature prior to their arrival. The C-BUS lighting control and grid connect meter also enables clients to set custom lighting scenes and lifestyle modes. Motion sensors provide convenience and reduce energy use by turning lights off in vacant rooms, while the meter is installed with a combination of off-peak for hot water and a climate saver meter for airconditioning. comfort zone > LEFT: Water runoff is collected by the greywater system from the bath and shower and distributed on the southern side of the house BELOW: The house applies many passive design principles and double-glazed windows are used throughout greensmart 2009 37