Location | Wright, ACT
Date completed | October 2013
EER | 8.5 star
Area | 152 m²
Builder | Jigsaw Housing
Images | Rod Vargas
Located in a new suburb, this large block with a long side boundary to the north provided the opportunity for perfect orientation. As the clients had hoped, all bedrooms and living areas make the most of this aspect and are filled with winter sun, helping the house to achieve its 8.5 EER. This house generates much more energy than it uses. Read more about that here.
One low window positioned at seating height looks to the west to capture the striking view to Mt Stromlo, while the study, kitchen and utility areas face south.
Materials are simple and hard-wearing: the façade of recycled Canberra red bricks references the character of the city’s older homes; the concrete slab provides under-floor heating; and plywood and recycled timber joinery adds warmth to a crisp interior palette.
4 bed, 2 living & 1 bath
618m² sloped site with orientation of north to the side
Plywood and recycled timber internal finishes including doorway edging and shelving
Customised joinery including two separate study spaces
Floor finishes include; concrete and tiles
Northern facing backyard garden with plenty of space for veggie patches
High performance PVC double glazing
Ceiling fans and cross ventilation are the only forms of cooling needed
R1 insulated slab
R2.5 insulation to exterior walls
R1.5 insulation to interior walls
R5 insulation to the roof space
Vapour permeable building wrap to extension walls and roof
Minimal air leakage, well sealed building envelope (9.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)