Constructed – Inner city multi generational town houses – Kew

The client brief wanted to create a multi generation home that would have a small environmental footprint, generate their own power and capture water and incorporate solar passive design principles.

Result: Two homes under 17 squares, 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, lightweight construction, solar passively designed with a combination of skillion and flat rooves and living areas orientated north, achieving 7.2 and 7.4 stars for energy efficiency.

Sustainable features include: an all electric home, 5kw array of PVs sited on the north facing skillion roof for renewable energy generation, 2 x 5,000 litre underground rainwater storage tanks for water use in the home and the garden, thermally broken double glazed casement windows, LED lighting, efficient hot water heat pump, exposed concrete slab for thermal mass, low flow shower roses and taps and water efficient appliances throughout, induction cooking appliance, efficient infrared heating panels, reverse cycle 6 speed fans, ventilation system in roof, drying cupboard with inline exhaust fan. Externally an edible garden has been designed and planted and supported by underground drip irrigation.

Liveable features include: good distance between cupboards in kitchen, step free access into shower recess, structural sheeting in shower and toilet for future handrails.

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