2016 residential development/project home/water efﬁciency/energy efﬁciency
Project Home of the Year
The GreenSmart Project Home of the Year was awarded to a family home on Elizabeth Street in the north-eastern Perth suburb of Bayswater – a fourbedroom, two-bathroom property for a couple with two children. It builds on the successful principles of Right Homes’ award-winning Jade909 design; however, straight off the bat Gary and his team were met with a challenging start: the block is on a hill, with the only available northern sunlight oriented to the front. Incorporating GreenSmart principles, Gary set out to maximise the solar orientation of the lot. ‘We designed some of the living spaces to the front,
‘[THE] SOLAR PERGOLA IS ANGLED TO THE NORTH AND FIXED WITH A UV POLYCARBONATE TO PROTECT THE HOME IN SUMMER’
which became engine rooms and spaces for natural energy,’ he explains. This translated to a new lounge and theatre room, with a cleverly angled wall to provide solar thermal mass for the rooms to the rear. Insulation was also provided for the whole home, not just to the east and west walls as is often the case, as well as a solar pergola. ‘Our trademark solar pergola is angled to the north and ﬁxed with a UV polycarbonate to protect the home in summer. Clients love them!’ Gary says. Other building materials were chosen based on their price, sustainability and recyclability. In keeping with a light environmental footprint, where possible, materials were mostly recycled – Right Homes used site bins from Instant
A rainwater tank is great for storing and supplying water for your household needs, but regular maintenance is necessary for its ongoing health and efﬁciency. Cleaning out your gutters, maintaining mosquito mesh as well as your pumps every six months are all ways to improve your water quality. It’s also recommended that you organise a qualiﬁed contractor to remove sediment once every two or three years.