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Solar Living 2º @ Port Noarlunga

Solar Living by Energy Aspect Living
Set on a 290 square metre block of land, this 7.9 star solar passive home designed and built by Energy Aspect Living provides its owners with energy efficient and comfortable living year round. The small 140 square metre footprint is respectful of the fragile coastal environment in which the home sits, and the living spaces connect visitors to the outdoors.

With a north aspect to the rear of the land, the design includes a 2 storey and single storey section with courtyard in between. This enables natural northern light into all living and bedroom areas, both upstairs and downstairs, maximising solar passive design principals and increasing energy efficiency.

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Windows and doors appropriately placed enable cross ventilation in hotter months, a high level operable window high in the stairwell further enhances cross ventilation abilities and maximises the benefits of the coastal summer cooling breezes, with no need for air-conditioning in the upstairs living space.

The design also enables separate occupation of upstairs and downstairs, enabling the downstairs to be rented for holiday accommodation whilst the owners occupy upstairs. This was a critical aspect of the design, with the owners looking for alternate forms of income in their retiring years.

Material choices were prioritised and Australian made and local suppliers and manufacturers chosen to reduce transport distances and reduce overall carbon footprint of the home. This led to the use of a Timbercrete block for external and internal walls. A composite block made of timber shavings and concrete that has better insulating values than conventional brick. The product also provides the owners with lower maintenance and less painted finishes both internally and externally, an important consideration given the proximity of the house to the coast and to enhance indoor air quality (no VOC off gassing).

The thermal mass properties of the Timbercrete block assists in maintaining comfort inside. A thermal break is installed between external and internal masonry walls, to prevent thermal bridging (temperature transfers between inside and outside). All junctions of the thermal break fully foil taped to optimise performance. R6.0 glasswool insulation batts, with recycled content, are installed between upper and lower storey floors, R2.0 glasswool insulation, with recycled content, to all internal cavity walls, and R6.0 glasswool insulation, with recycled content, to ceiling with additional thermal break under colorbond roof sheets. These high levels of insulation further reducing the energy load for heating and cooling throughout the year.

The concrete footings contain reclaimed sand and recycled aggregate, both recycled by-products reduce dependence on natural resources.
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Recycled jarrah direct stick timber floors, skirting and architraves; together with a jarrah staircase are a beautiful complement to the Timbercrete masonry features inside. Recycled timber selected to reduce impact on precious natural resources. The timber sealed with water based sealer for easy care maintenance and low VOC properties considerate of indoor air quality. Local plantation grown timber supplies were used for all timber framing, supporting local industry and reducing transport distances and carbon footprint of the home.

Other features of the home include:
  • No/low VOC water based paint products for improved indoor air quality
  • Australian made floor and wall tiles to reduce transport and carbon footprint
  • Efficient gas instant hot water services and heating are installed. 
  • LED lighting is installed throughout as a energy efficient lighting solution. 
  • A clothesline is installed for natural clothes drying, with no clothes dryer required.
  • Cabinets throughout the home have been made using E0 board to reduce off-gassing for enhanced indoor air quality.
  • Thermally improved aluminium framed windows, with quality seals and double glazed units to further enhance the performance of the new home.
  • Insulated garage door
  • Rainwater is harvested in three separate tanks, feeding toilets and laundry.
  • A hot water diverter has been fitted to hot water taps to circulate water back to tank storage until it reaches temperature, and this way reduces water use. 
  • A 2kW Tindo Solar local manufactured photovoltaic system has been installed on the roof of the single storey section to offset electricity use, and feed excess electricity generation back to the grid.

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