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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
Costing less than $200,000 the house has a similar price to a standard project home but represents excellent value for money considering that future costs are saved over the expected lifecycle of the home. And the results shine; the house has been estimated to save 72 per cent of water and 76 per cent of energy compared to a standard home. In order for the house to achieve its eight- star rating, a few improvements from the Jade 707 model were required. The first challenge was to improve the orientation of the house on its block. The block chosen is a small-sized corner allotment facing north, and the house maximises this with well-positioned windows to capture Perth's 'Fremantle Doctor' breeze from the south-west, which constantly changes the indoor air with fresh air. Secure sliding doors and breeze window locks enable the house to be left open at night, while offering security at the same time. In addition, a removable shade over the large, glazed windows on the northern side further protects the home from the sun's heat. The eight-star rating is also achieved with better insulation. Insulation was installed to the ceiling (R4.0) while rockwool insulation was installed in the cavity. The cavity wall insulation is 100 per cent recyclable -- made from recycled rockwool -- and once in place it requires no maintenance or running costs over the life of the building. Inside, the house is thoughtfully designed to take its owners seamlessly from birth to death. With flexible spaces including a study/office and two separate living areas, the house is kitted out with fittings that anyone could use, including access points, ramped thresholds, flick mixer tapware and lever-style door handles. Costs are cleverly kept down too. Visually the house appears as a standard project home, with its modern-styled skillion roof and different bricks on the front elevation; it uses typical materials and methods of construction. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN ESTIMATED TO SAVE 72 PER CENT OF WATER AND 76 PER CENT OF ENERGY COMPARED TO A STANDARD HOME > LEFT: A removable shade on the house's northern side provides extra protection from the sun. BELOW: Using standard materials and construction methods keep costs down. #5 U BEDROOM 2 BEDROOM 1 WIR ENS BATH WM KITCHEN ENTRY ACTIVITY DINING ALFRESCO FAMILY OFFICE/ STUDY DOUBLE CARPORT BEDROOM 3 © Architect: Jade Projects Australia greensmart 2009 37