Setting a new standard for sustainable housing

Last night I attended the opening of 58 Stevens Street a sustainable housing development in White Gum Valley and it was one of the most inspiring developments that I have seen in a long time.

It was stylish, energy efficient and water efficient with units rated between 7.5 and 8.5 stars. I wish we could see more of this in Western Australia.

The units were the joint vision of  local architects Officer Woods, builder Peter Hobbs,  and well known artist and sculptor Mark Grey-Smith (who did the gates and stylish #58 below and who is the dad of Cr Tim) and Earthcare Landscapes staff.

The development is open for the next 3 weeks on Saturdays from 2.30 to 4pm as is well worth a look (and perhaps a purchase if you’re in the market)

For those of you into sustainable housing check out this long list of features:

Energy efficient design

  • Passive solar design
  • Small windows in the west side of the houses to reduce summer heat load. Broad northern aspect to maximise winter solar heating internally.
  • Verandas to north and deciduous trees
  • Cross ventilation opportunities have been maximized to reduce power costs.
  • The 2KW system has to provide excess energy requirements for each house on an annual basis. These assist in making the homes carbon positive!
  • Use of LED lights throughout to considerably reduce power consumption.

Water efficient design

  • All rainwater tanks are dual plumbed to all internal toilets and washing machine –3000L and excess water flows into a large underground storm-water soak, replenishing ground water supplies.
  • Double plumbed sewerage to allow for grey water retro-fitting.
  • All dual flush toilets include rainwater harvest and re-use to all toilets.
  • Low water use landscape, use of drippers and local low water usage plants.
  • Zero water verges established with local plants for habitat and year round green. This includes local Fremantle mallee.

Waste efficient

  • 100% recycled material includes crushed concrete blocks and roof tiles from the previous house and other demolition and construction materials. These have been cleverly re-used in the rammed earth walls. All that was added was water and cement!
  • previous house – a 2 bedroom cottage – was demolished and the materials recycled where possible. This included crushing the old concrete blocks and roof tiles and these were re-used as part of the rammed earth walls. The old timber floorboards were saved and re-used upstairs.
  • Use of recycled jarrah from Perry Lakes stadium for staircase.
  • Universal access
  • flexible living arrangements (such as 2 entries and the ability to easily convert rooms as needs change
  • Homes have been planned for multi-generational and potential home office use.
  • Ground floor bathrooms  have been planned to accommodate universal facilities upgrade.

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One Response to Setting a new standard for sustainable housing

  1. Janine Marshall says:

    This is great. It enables people to go and view what sustainable living is all about and to draw our attention to our own personal practices, lifestyles and the homes in which we live. By visually seeing how it can be achieved it will give us some ideas on how we can all make positive changes when it comes to our personal and more sustainable living.
    Yes it would be great to see more housing developments like this.
    Must check it out!!

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