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Concrete Passive Solar House

Home Details

Land Area
900 m2 m2
Building area
152 m2 m2
Year built
3 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)
One of the warmest and coolest, most energy efficient homes ever designed by Bob Burnett Architecture, this home has an 8 star Homestar rating and a Lifemark 4 star rating.
A two-storey home which measures just over 152 square metres. Insulated precast concrete panel thermomass construction has been carefully detailed to eliminate thermal leakage. It, features PV solar and high performance glazing, and has a solar wall collector to pre-warm fresh air which is then fed into an ERV (energy recovery ventilation system). Rain water is collected and stored in a 9000L tank in the basement. The thermal mass keeps it an even temperature, cool in summer as well as warm in winter. A huge amount of care and thought went into eliminating any thermal bridging causing losses. These dedicated owners and their ethos was key to the project success, preferring more concrete mass rather than expensive finishes, with focus being on environmentally sound comfort and not showy bling which is in contrast to the majority of neighbours near the top of Cashmere on the port hills. Oh yeah must mention also, with its 300mm thick concrete walls it is built like the proverbial, so it would be the last house standing if the unthinkable happens and there is another big quake.

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