Central beamThis project single dwelling is situated in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, between Pingelly and Narrogin near the Great Southern Highway.

The walls and roof are constructed from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) on a reinforced concrete slab on ground with a internal gabion wall, providing the optimal balance between thermal mass and an airtight, highly insulated building shell. The panels are measured and fabricated off-site, allowing for fast erection on site – the building was at lockup in around 2 weeks, ready for external cladding and internal fitout. Double-glazed windows from Polar Windows complement the SIPs building fabric by allowing optimal solar gain during sunny winter days while reducing heat losses at night. The floor plan is also oriented to allow cross ventilation during summer for natural cooling.

The design achieves a 8.6 star NatHERS rating, and also includes other eco-effective design features including:

  • LED Lighting
  • Fujiclean on-site waste water treatment system
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Solar PV with on-site battery storage
  • Solar hot water
  • Weathertex cladding
Project Team

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