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Winner: Best Energy Efficient Design – Residential

Upper Beaconsfield Residence

Solar Solutions
Darren Evans
(03) 9801 7247
Upper Beaconsfield Residence
Matthew Mallet, Matthew Mallet Photography

This energy efficient, environmentally friendly home, set is a picturesque bush setting at Upper Beaconsfield is a worthy winner of the Best Energy Efficient Residential Design. The house has been designed to take into account the slope of the block and is very much in keeping with its location, causing little impact on the surrounding bushland. This, in conjunction with the use of appropriate materials, including a concrete slab for thermal mass and double-glazing, has allowed heating and cooling systems to be almost eliminated. All water is supplied via water tanks. Amongst other things, solar hot water and a biolytic waste system further assist energy efficiency, and help sustain the environment. A 6-star, 43-point rating has been achieved. All this, in a package which is both aesthetic and a neat blend with its surrounds. The client now has a new contemporary home, coupled with the knowledge that they have reduced their energy consumption and impact on the environment at an affordable price.

Special Commendation: Best Energy Efficient Design – Residential

Dine Residence, Geilston Bay

Clever Design
Michael Cleaver
(03) 6248 8283
Dine Residence, Geilston Bay
Richard Eastwood

The Dine Residence was considered a close second for the Best Energy Efficient Residential Design. Many passive and active design concepts were provided for this project, which achieved a 5-star, 65-point energy rating. This contemporary dwelling, in a rural setting in Southern Tasmania, proves that you can achieve an excellent energy conscious design without compromising on looks. The inconspicuous, yet calculated proportions of internal thermal floor mass (300mm) of the living/family and childrens’ areas combined with internal double brick concrete partition walls absorb the penetrating energy of the winter sun to re-radiate until late in the evenings. Combining a solar hot water system, harvesting rain water and an efficient aerated waste water recycling system, this home has delivered an outstanding performance way beyond the clients’ expectations. The 1st rate assessment of 65 points far exceeds a five-star benchmark and is testimony to the designer who has fully responded to the clients’ brief and, importantly, achieved within the client’s budget.