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New Build Somers – 2017 Award Winner

Winner of the 2017 Master Builders Association Best Sustainable Home Award 2017, this Bushland home in Somers is truly unique.

Construction commenced in October 2015 however our involvement in this project began four years prior. The owner, Lynn, is very passionate about environmental preservation and had a very specific focus. She wanted to build a fully passive home in the most sustainable way possible. Our involvement from the onset allowed us to have significant influence in the measures taken to achieve Lynn’s goal.

Drawing on Nick Wootton’s extensive experience in the Green Living building industry, we implemented design features that resulted in a property requiring no heating or cooling in our unpredictable climate. Some of the key features in this build included the following:

  • Maximisation of wall insulation
  • Internal walls constructed of concrete blocks providing thermal mass
  • Photovoltaic panels on the roof to provide electricity
  • Double-glazed uPVC windows
  • Airlocks preventing heat loss/gain

Lynn also had a strong desire to include a Waffle Pod Slab. This presented a challenge as it wasn’t compatible with the weight of the internal concrete walls. Following further consultation, we were able to present a solution by designing a hybrid Waffle Pod Slab. This consisted of an insulated thermal mass with internal load bearing beams capable of supporting the required weight.

Initial plans on this property forecasted an Energy Rating of 9.1 stars. As a result of our design input, and build techniques, the property currently holds a 10++ rating. This project is a brilliant example of the potentials in Green Living Building, something we hope to be doing more of in the future.

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Property Details

  • Energy Rating: 10 ++ stars
  • Type: New Build
  • Type: Single-story, 3-bedroom house
  • Aspect: North
  • Materials: Slate Concrete – Timber Frame & Hekel Steel Rock
  • Structure: 140 Studs forming Timber Frame
  • Date: August 2016
  • Designer: Croft Wootton Construction / Client / Rod Hannah
  • Builder: Croft Wootton Construction

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