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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
Inspired by his recently completed HIA GreenSmart training, Scott Hawkins and his wife Alicia decided to put into practice his new skills by building a house through their building company, Scott Hawkins Homes. 'We wanted to try it all out so that we could show people that it works, and then sell it to others in the community,' Scott says. Their efforts have paid off as the winners of the HIA GreenSmart Water Efficiency Housing Award. Finished last year in June, the two-storey house in a rural environment uses innovative energy- and water-efficient products that meet the Hawkins' needs and lifestyle. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house is set up as a display/office downstairs, and the Hawkins live upstairs. Imagine if you didn't have any water or electricity bills, with little or no change to your lifestyle. making water work story > Annie Reid The result is a completely self-sufficient and environmentally friendly home, achieving a BASIX rating of 77 for water, pass for thermal comfort and 79 for energy. (BASIX is a NSW Government requirement that ensures new residential buildings are designed and constructed to reduce mains water consumption by 40 per cent and achieve a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.) 'We don't have any water or electricity bills,' Scott says. The house is situated on a 210-hectare rural block 20kms east of Mudgee, in a region ranging from 450 metres to 1000 metres above sea level. The site was carefully chosen due to influencing factors such as bushfire threat, land gradient and existing watercourses, with the final choice made away from the watercourses. This meant that they were unaffected by any possible run-off from the building site. Its surrounding gardens feature largely native plants and drought-tolerant species, which were > 'IN ADDITION TO ITS ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS, THE HOME HAS FANTASTIC STREET APPEAL' greensmart 2010 31 FAR LEFT: A stand-alone solar power system is fitted to trackers for maximum sun exposure. ABOVE: High levels of insulation in walls, ceilings and roof controls heat flow.