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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
high clerestory windows add further light and space. Tasmanian oak timber boards line the floors, and two bedrooms adjoining these living areas also face north. The second wing is at the other end of the glass corridor, which incorporates the main bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobes. There's a study too, with another set of bi-fold doors opening onto a decking that stretches across the entire northern side of the house. A number of outdoor areas and the pergola-type verandah directly overlook the rolling hills, while a wet-edge pool with a glass balustrade takes in the views as well. 'The location of the house on the sloping block allowed the deck and wet-edge pool to emphasise the fall-off effect, while creating an entertaining area with brilliant views,' Darren says. The whole house is carefully orientated to achieve HIA GreenSmart principles. While all bedrooms and living areas face north to maximise passive solar gain, the main bedroom has an extra advantage -- it faces north-east to capture the sunrise. For thermal mass, the concrete slab and the Hebel wall system cladding help the house > BELOW: Living areas, lined with Tasmanian oak floor boards, face north through tall bi-fold doors. INSET: Entrance (L), aluminium louvres provide shade (R). while a steel pergola-style verandah and aluminium louvres add strength. The louvres double as part of the fixed shading system, which eliminates the summer sun and maximises sun penetration during the winter months. All windows are double-glazed by Fairoak to provide solid insular qualities. 'Glenn doesn't need curtains for shading,' Darren says. The floor plan divides the house into two zones separated by a narrow glassed bridge. The first is accessed upon entry, where double doors act as an airlock opening to a large U-shaped kitchen overlooking a meals and living area. These living areas face north through double-glazed timber windows and tall bi-fold doors, while a vaulted ceiling and FOR THERMAL MASS, THE CONCRETE SLAB AND THE HEBEL WALL SYSTEM CLADDING HELP THE HOUSE RETAIN A CONSTANT TEMPERATURE 14 greensmart 2010 coverstory