2016 home of the year/spec home
BUILDER Eco-Essence Homes, QLD t: 07 5520 0720 www.ecoessencehomes.com.au FEATURES: > Insulation: Bradford Gold Batts > Cladding: James Hardie Scyon Linea and EasyLap > Living room ﬂoor: Superﬂoor System polished concrete, E0 densiﬁers > Weather seals: Gainsborough > Skylight: Velux double-glazed low-E ﬁxed roof skylight supplied by Eco Sustainable House > Living room fan: HAIKU 84 by Bigass Fans > Paint: Non-toxic zero-VOC Rockcote paints supplied by Eco Sustainable House > Energy Monitoring System: Efergy Elite Classic supplied by Eco Sustainable House > Estimating system: SoloAssist software > Atlantis Corp Turf Cell driveway, Matrix tanks and stormwater inﬁltration pit supplied by Eco Sustainable House. PROJECT COST just under $400,000 TIME TAKEN TO CONSTRUCT 18 weeks ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING 8 stars
Water-saving tapware and appliances are standard across all Eco-Essence-built homes, as are 5000L water tanks which are plumbed into the toilets, washing machine and garden irrigation. The lush, tropical plantings surrounding this home are watered via Atlantis Drainage Cell wicking beds, which are highly effective at preventing evaporation and conserving water. ‘These are installed about 600mm underground and have the capacity to hold their own water table,’ Jeremy explains. ‘The plants’ root beds will set up across that water table, meaning much less watering is required to keep the garden healthy.’ An Atlantis Turf Cell-grassed driveway further improves water penetration while reducing heat absorbance and reﬂectivity. With the ‘Paciﬁc’, Eco-Essence Homes have undoubtedly hit that sweet spot between aesthetics, affordability
and eco-awareness. The home scored an easy eight-star energy rating, and cost just under $400,000 to build (and has since been replicated in the low $300,000s), demonstrating that sustainable, healthy living can be achieved at a realistic price.
‘WE SAY THAT WE SPECIALISE IN BUILDING HOMES THAT “BREATHE” BECAUSE THEY DO – THEY’RE A LIVING ORGANISM’
‘It’s been the most popular home design we’ve ever done,’ says Jeremy. ‘Home buyers are more educated now, and they want to make their dollar go further. We’re here to show the market a different way you can build a beautiful home that’s also extremely sustainable and very liveable, at an achievable budget.’ gs