The Convertible House is an environmentally sustainable feat of modern design showcasing the best of durability, cost effectiveness, storm and fire resistance, security and energy self sufficiency.
The design concept received a Special Commendation at the 2007 HIA-Boral GreenSmart Awards and the completed project received four awards at the Building Designers Association of Victoria 2010 Building Design Awards, including:
> Best Environmentally Sustainable Design – Residential
> Best Energy Efficient Design – Residential
> Most Innovative Use of Water Efficiency
> Most Innovative Use of Steel
The house also received an award for ‘Creative Innovations Steel Design’ at the Australian Steel Industry 2010 Victorian & Tasmanian Awards.
The house is off-grid, producing its own energy and heating, harvesting rain water and treating grey and black water on site.
Intrinsic to the home achieving its impressive sustainability credentials is Kingspan AIR-CELL Insulbreak® 65.
The home’s designer, Kevin Starling of Designology said insulation played a vital role in the overall design of the home.
“Insulation is very important in helping the Convertible House achieve its 6-star energy rating. Kingspan AIR-CELL Insulbreak® 65 provides a thermal break and also acts as a reflector foil to keep the sun out in the hotter months,” he said.
“Being completely off the grid, the house had to be heavily insulated. In effect it has a ‘dual skin’. Under the roof and wall cladding is a thin insulation layer which not only provides a thermal break but also reduces noise.”
Located near Daylesford in Victoria, the dwelling was built in accordance with the HIA GreenSmart principles.
Visit www.designology.com.au for more information.
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