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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 17 retain a constant temperature. Interestingly, Darren laid timber across the concrete slab in the family room, which is often left uncovered for maximum thermal effect. 'But it still works. In this house it was just a matter of balance as there are so many northern windows to rely on,' Darren says. As the site had limited ser vices, the power of the sun and rain were paramount. Between the shed and the house, a 130,000-litre water tank har vests all the rain from the roof of the home and shed and supplies all of the home's water needs. Greywater from inside the house is collected and treated for pumping around the garden, and the pool is also topped up from the water tanks. An instantaneous gas hot water system was installed, to take into account that Glenn doesn't live at the property full time. 'Glenn captures everything, reduces it, uses it and then treats it to get a secondary use from it,' Darren says. Solar power cells were installed on top of the shed to feed electricity back through the house. In addition, a heat recovery ser vice ventilation system was installed to circulate the air from the northern rooms to the rest of the house, and replace stale air with fresh air. Now, the house doesn't stop running and Glenn is rapt with its performance. 'His house is generating power all the time, and with his power usage I would imagine he'd be fairly close to a neutral footprint. He's never even turned on the airconditioner,' Darren says. Ultimately, Darren has created exactly what his client was after. 'Wow. We've created the Barrabool Hills house from nothing and we are very, very proud of it. It's a good home and when you get a client that says, "It's a blank canvas, so go for it", that's great.' gs smart bits Products used to enhance this home include: > CSR Hebel PowerPanel wall system > Fairoak timber windows > Solar pergola louvre shading system > Clock'it Cabinets > Rinnai Infinity gas hot water system > Gosford Quarries sandstone supplied by MJB Stonemasonry > Healthy Home & Workplace ventilation > BlueScope Steel roofing. 'THIS HOUSE HAS A VERY RELAXED LOOK. IT'S NOT UPTIGHT OR TOO PRETENTIOUS [AND] IT RESPECTS THE SITE' coverstory