The project is being used as an educational tool to allow the community to understand how they can integrate clever construction methods, strategic placement of air movement, thermal mass, colour, light penetration, technology, low/nil VOC materials into good building design.
Once complete, the home will be monitored for a minimum of one year and give back data on what a 10 star house can achieve for energy consumption and moving towards zero emissions.
A dedicated Ten Star website, with a virtual walk through, will soon be launched so the building design community and general public can access information on the construction and specific detailing that allows the house to perform at the highest of levels thermally. An announcement will be made in Design Matters weekly eNews.
Ruth Nordstrom, lead designer on the project will be presenting the smart thinking behind the project at the Physics Forum in Melbourne on Thursday 24 October. Ruth will discuss how reductions in the carbon footprint are sought through a built envelope optimised utilising building sciences to obtain better operational heating and cooling loads.