Year : 2012
Type : No-Bills Home (10 Star Passivhaus)
Size : Approx 145 sqm
No more energy bills – how would you like that?
As Certified Passive House Designers, we have designed this contemporary family home to be energy positive, i.e. over the course of a year it generates more energy than it would use. Building an energy positive house means you can start billing your energy supplier, rather than the other way around! Isn’t that fantastic?
So how does that work?
Starting mostly with good design based on passive solar principles, and some clever tricks added into the mix. The foundations are simple :
(1) Create a comfortable living environment, that uses little or no energy to heat or cool, and
(2) Create energy to offset the little bit that you are using, or for positive gearing.
In this house, living spaces and bedrooms are facing north, thereby using free and everlasting solar heat to make it nice and cosy. A services and amenities ‘block’ along the south side acts as thermal buffer. Almost following modernist traditions, these two distinct functions (living and services) create the architectural form.