The response to the harsh climatic conditions was a simple and compact building that uses innovative materials with good thermal properties, has effective solar control and has water collection and water treatment on site. Building elements were standardised to meet the tight budget and time constraints as well as to reduce wastage during construction. The roof was prefabricated allowing large, column free ceilings and reduced construction times on site. The residence has a single heater, and does not have to rely on air conditioning for thermal comfort. The household uses rainwater only and 110,000 L tanks formed an integral part of the design.
This rammed earth house in north east Victoria sits on a rural site with no town services. It was our first significant sustainable project applying environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Read more