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The Archiblox designed space cascades form over form, rolling down the hill, towards the water, enabling each space unique aspects and views. The home touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. This home captures the true essence of sustainable living with the implementation of passive design techniques that work cohesively alongside sustainable technologies and materials. The use of recycled timbers and fine architectural details of the joinery and interior finishes complement the bush setting.
Sustainable features are incorporated throughout the Light Impact House including a large retention system, rain water tanks, solar cells, battery storage and generators, allowing the design to naturally breathe and provide minimal impact to its environment.
With modular building the impact on the surrounding environment is heavily reduced by fabricating off-site, ArchiBlox also had careful control over material usage
Strategically placed retaining walls allow the middle floor to flow onto the natural ground, with the floors above and below providing inhabitancy.
- 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom
- Outdoor decking area
- Open Plan Kitchen | WIP | Dining | Living area
Key Sustainable Features
- East-West orientation allowing maximised northern windows and sunlight into the living spaces.
- Double glazed windows
- Strategically placed operable windows allowing the house croos flow ventilation and allowing the house to flush the air in the house out after a long summer's day
- 'Breezeway' louvre inserts and awning/casement windows
- Maximised North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun
- Green Roof which minimises rainwater runoff and solar penetration
- The roof is double insulated by both a green roof and R6.0 Earthwool thermal insulation and reflective insulation sheet and insulation
- FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods
- There's bulk insulation to walls, floors and roof: 90mm thick R2.5HD Earthwool walls and R2.0 in the floor
- Effective cross ventilation removes the need for artificial cooling aside from ceiling fans in the living area and bedrooms. These fans are a combination of Beacon Lighting fans and Haiku 60-inch Caramel Bamboo from Big Arse Fans
- Rainwater from all roof areas is directed to a 7,500.00 litre above ground tank, which provides water for garden irrigation.
- The house uses low energy LED lighting
- 30 X SunPower E20 327w PV panels 9,810 watts
- 2 X Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries including 5kw inverter chargers in parallel 27kWh storage – 10,000 continuous output
- 2 X SolarEdge SE4000 inverters coupled with 30 P500 DC optimisers - 8,000 watt continuous output
- 1 X Himoinsa HYW-13-M5 3 cyclinder low revving liquid cooled diesel generator - 9,300 watt continuous output
The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, powder room, laundry, open plan kitchen, dining and living, second living and garage.
A garden roof crowns the bottom level roof which allows the house to seamlessly blend into landscape. The green living roof minimizes rainwater run off which also acts as a thermal mass.
The bulk of the house is wrapped with corrugated iron by COLORBOND® Ultra steel range which is especially designed for severe coastal environments