02.07.2012

Ecoliv Display Home

Multi-award winning project proves that ‘big is not better’, and that living green is not as complex or expensive as it may seem

The ‘Ecoliv Display’ in Wonthaggi pipped other great entries to win the award for Best Environmentally Sustainable Design – Residential in the BDAV’s 2011 Building Design Awards. Ecoliv also won National GreenSmart Home of the Year 2010 in the HIA-Boral GreenSmart Awards.

The design principle is that ‘big is not better’, and that living green is not as complex or expensive as it seems.

Despite nestling at the junction of a shopping strip and residential streetscape, this standard allotment block shape and size has become nothing but ordinary. The dwelling design is low and simple, and allows transportability. It does not dominate its surrounds, and is set in a low-maintenance water-saving garden that no doubt complements its form.

The home uses plantation timber framing and floor linings, and the front entry steps are reclaimed timber from a local jetty. 900mm eaves provide additional shading from summer sun, and the use of double-glazed windows and sliding door units provide for both thermal heat gain and loss, and additionally when opened, and combined with louvers, provide for extensive cross-flow ventilation, easily achieved in this narrow house. Photovoltaic panels provide electricity, and a 10,000 litre water-tank provides water for the home. Minimal use of monitored low CFL downlights and low VOC paints, coatings and carpets increase air quality. This is clearly a simple but very comfortable home which has met all expectations.

The Ecoliv display was conceived to reflect the designer’s dedication to provide a home that increases environmental awareness and demonstrates how individuals can contribute to sustainability by making small changes to the way we live. The Ecoliv concept features a range of standard prefabricated module designs – or a custom configuration of the standard modules – designed to achieve the maximum environmental performance of each home, and suit varying site and living requirements.

The creative Ecoliv display design utilises ‘lived in’ space and adopts a green approach to permanent or holiday living in urban, rural and remote locations. All modules are fully transportable so Ecoliv buildings can be factory built and delivered or simply built to order on site.

Ecoliv homes feature clean architectural lines and low maintenance products to create a timeless and contemporary style that effortlessly convenes with nature. The façade options and standard inclusions available enable each home to be tailored to an individual’s specific tastes, and so that no two Ecoliv homes look exactly the same.

Extensive research into sustainable living and innovative environmentally friendly building methods and materials has culminated in the Ecoliv concept. This innovative green living concept features environmentally friendly products as standard building inclusions.

Ecoliv homes achieve a minimum 7 star energy rating through the integration of passive solar principles, so each home reduces operation energy consumption. All Ecoliv homes are designed to be orientated to the north to take advantage of natural lighting and to reduce the reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Site specific and strategically placed windows allow cross ventilation and potential for natural temperature control. Living and sleeping areas are zoned to allow for separate heating and cooling requirements.

The Ecoliv display includes high level roof, wall and floor insulation. Greenstuf Batts are used in the Ecoliv display home, which is made from 100% polyester fibre and is a non-irritant, user friendly, thermally and acoustically efficient polyester material that is fully recyclable. The Ecoliv display includes high level R4.0 roof, R2.5 wall and R3.5 floor insulation.

Acknowledgements

Designer:  Beaumont Concepts
Builder:  Ecoliv Pty Ltd
Photographer:  Warren Reed, Coast Magazine

Limited use of low CFL downlights to the living area are monitored using an energy meter, thereby promoting energy usage awareness
Limited use of low CFL downlights to the living area are monitored using an energy meter, thereby promoting energy usage awareness - Images: Warren Reed, Coast Magazine