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Modernist ECO.

Home Details

Land Area
4000 m2 m2
Building area
90 m2 m2
Year built
2009
Rooms
1 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
This home is designed to be passively efficient, and look good.

As well as winning many architectural awards, it has also been used as a practical example of the theories of thermal design by the Christchurch Polytechnic.

The main thermal design elements are:

Glazing - maximised to north for solar gain & minimised to the south

Thermal mass - concrete structure where heat can be stored

Insulation - R5 batts in the roof, and 2 layers of R2.8 in the double framed walls

Roof pitch - large northern overhang to prevent thermal overload in summer and still allow sunlight penetration in winter. Rear 'lean-to' roof pictched up to optimum solar panel pitch.

The main roof is pitched up to aid natural ventilation, with high level windows for venting, and low level windows to accelerate the cross ventilation.

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