Thoughtful design has resulted in a nine-star rating for a newly built home in outer Melbourne.
The house in Moorooduc uses standard design techniques including generous insulation, double glazed timber windows, solar water heater, good orientation on the site and attention to weather-stripping/infiltration and heat recovery ventilation system combined with reverse cycle air conditioner.
The house also features an off-the-shelf heat exchanger that will be used to extract stale air and then recover the heating or cooling energy to either warm or cool incoming fresh air.
At 300m², the house size was slightly larger than the average 250m², but the energy saving aspects has meant that household bills were lower.
For more information, visit the Victorian Building Authority; vba.vic.gov.au