Congratulations to Claire Moore and Paul Fogarty who have built a sustainable house at Kyneton, Victoria, which was a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia Green Building Awards. The house was designed by Mathew Grace.
During my 37 years at Going Solar it's always a pleasure when you see that people’s plans will be implementing the sustainable building principles. The ESD options are often cost-effective meaning that the costs of design and construction are recovered in savings on running costs. But there are more advantages: sustainable houses should also be more comfortable with better control of unwanted heat gain and loss, natural lighting and natural ventilation.
Georgina Howden-Chitty reports in the Bendigo Advertiser (25/5/14):
“They … built their dream home in 2012. ‘We love it. It's so comfortable and lovely and exactly what we wanted’. Ms Moore said. ‘Most people who come here are blown away’.
“Ms Moore said it was a ‘no-brainer’ for the climate change-conscious couple to build an environmentally friendly home. ‘We wanted to minimise ongoing costs, which means more time with the kids’, she said. ‘By designing a house like this, it's made our cost of living go through the floor. We are off the grid for water and have no utility bills. ‘You don’t have to worry about [the] cost of living rising when you’re nearly completely self-sufficient’.
“The house includes passive solar heating, cross breezes for cooling, a natural cool store and a laundry drying room.”
The submission for the award states:
“Leading by example, the Kyneton House showcases simple, cost effective sustainable design principles that the majority of everyday families could embrace and most importantly – afford. …
“The House was based on sustainable design principles utilising siting, passive solar design, cross ventilation, materiality, thermal massing, progressive heating/cooling and water harvesting with an emphasis on low maintenance, longevity, minimising carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.
“Through carefully considered design and construction, the Kyneton House exists largely self-sufficiently with minimal reliance on Council services. This significantly reduces ongoing running costs and living expenses for the owners, but it also minimises the buildings carbon footprint, carbon emissions and overall environmental impact.
“The Kyneton House is a case study in its own right demonstrating how accessible and cost effective sustainable housing can be to the majority of not only Australian families, but families throughout the world. New houses will always be built – why not make them all sustainable, green and healthy for people and the planet to enjoy.”