Building Versatility - Southern Highlands Builder

Sustainable Home in Burrawang

Building Versatility - Southern Highlands - Burrawang Sustainable Home

This large, architect designed home for three generations of one family in Burrawang incorporates both passive and automated energy efficiency measures. Every bedroom and living area has the benefit of north facing glass wall, allowing the sun to penetrate deep into the house in winter. Internal limestone stone walls provide thermal mass for heat retention, as well as being a striking architectural feature.

The eastern and western elevations are shaded from the summer sun. Retractable external louvers on the north side enable the home owners to manage sun, shade and privacy. Windows are double glazed with thermally broken aluminium frames.

We worked with Mittagong based energy efficiency consultant Andy Lemann to ensure that insulation, thermal wrapping, and gap sealing were appropriately specified and implemented. A post construction independent assessment yielded a 10 star energy rating which the assessors noted is challenging to achieve in a home of this size. The home has so much natural thermal comfort that our clients now question their decision to incorporate a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system, as it is rarely used even in the depths of a Southern Highlands winter.

Contemporary automation systems specified for this home include a blue-tooth lighting network that enables pre-programmed lighting scenes to be operated via a smart phone. It required our electrical trades to step up and beyond their regular work methods to achieve the vision set by the lighting designer, and the result is quite spectacular.

The high quality of finish expected by our clients required careful selection of subcontractors and close attention to detail by our project management team. Specialist trades such as stone masons worked alongside our experienced carpenters, tilers, painters and other trades to deliver this unique and contemporary home that our construction team is justifiably proud of.