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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
home, thus reducing the amount of potable drinking water used from Sydney Water mains connections,' Mike says. The Dux Readyhot system reduces water wastage by returning unused water in the pipes back into the hot water storage unit, which creates a 75 per cent reduction in waiting time for hot water to arrive through the hot water tap -- saving a potential 14,280 litres of water per year. Electricity savings are also quantified with the help of the fluorescent downlights, which use only 11 watts of energy. This translates to a saving of about $667 per year in electricity bills, or 4.7 tonnes less carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year. Another feature Mike is proud of is its recycle record -- more than 95 per cent of waste generated on the site is then recycled. Many of the building materials selected, such as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, plantation timbers and recycled concrete have an element of recycled complement. 'Once again ensuring that waste is being reused where practically possible in volume building operation,' Mike says. One of the material highlights is the use of Taubmans Cool Living paint. This is a heat reduction paint solution that works by re-radiating the heat from the surface of the dwelling back into the atmosphere. 'Testing within the Sydney market indicates a reduction of heat within the home by up to four to six degrees,' Mike says. With all of these green credentials, the house is breathable, sustainable and ultimately extremely liveable. Cosmopolitan Homes was proud to receive the GreenSmart award, recognising that it is a vital part of developing and growing their business. 'You work hard and it's a big part of defining our core values. Being accepted on a national level is fantastic,' Mike says. gs smarthomes ideas everyone can use THE HEAT REDUCTION PAINT SOLUTION WORKS BY RE-RADIATING THE HEAT FROM THE SURFACE OF THE DWELLING BACK INTO THE ATMOSPHERE greensmart 2009 55 The standout feature of the Cosmopolitan Aquarius design is its affordability, which makes it accessible to a large cross-section of the market. For a 215 square-metre home, purchasers can have the same functionality they would normally get in a 260--280 square-metre home. Hence, the $45,000 to $65,000 owners are saving in 'space', they can put a portion, if not all, back into improving the quality of their home and lifestyle while reducing their annual operating costs. 'There are some simple technologies that don't cost a lot and I suppose our philosophy is that we create a checklist where people can pick and choose from them,' says builder, Mike Condolian. It's all about the quality, rather than quantity. affordable + green • increase the thermal comfort of your home by adding shading sails to the north and west windows • use the best insulation recommended for your climate • ensure shower water doesn't just disappear down the drain while heating up -- install a hot water system which reduces heating time • install a greywater or treated wastewater system for use on gardens and in toilets to reduce the demand on potable (drinkable) water.