Clean liv­ing is fu­ture

Melville Times - - News -

AN award-win­ning Bic­ton home will open its doors to the pub­lic on Sun­day to give vis­i­tors an in­side look into its ‘green’ fea­tures.

The Lomma Homes de­sign is one of al­most 30 homes tak­ing part in Sus­tain­able House Day so home­own­ers can learn more about en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ing prac­tices, de­sign and prod­ucts.

The res­i­dence is fresh from two wins at the Build­ing De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of WA De­sign Ex­cel­lence Awards, where it was named best new res­i­den­tial de­sign over $3 mil­lion and best res­i­den­tial in­te­rior de­sign.

Lo­cated on Black­wall Reach Pa­rade, the house is the most fea­ture-packed on the Sus­tain­able House Day view­ing list, from a weather sta­tion that ad­justs the home’s blinds and cli­mate­con­trol de­vices to “earth pipes” that al­low fresh fil­tered air to en­ter the home.

It also has 12,500 litres of un­der­ground rain­wa­ter stor­age, LED light­ing, hy­dronic heat­ing, so­lar-pow­ered pool and pond pumps, a so­lar­power sys­tem con­nected to a Tesla bat­tery, a roof gar­den, wa­ter­wise plants and sub­sur­face drip ir­ri­ga­tion.

“It was de­signed as a for­ever home and to al­low the oc­cu­pants to ac­com­mo­date fam­ily no mat­ter the stage of their life,” Lomma Homes man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Lomma said.

There are zones that al­low the home to be split into three dis­tinct and sep­a­rate homes and rooms re­moved ac­cord­ing to need.

“The eas­i­est ex­am­ple of this is the sauna in the mas­ter en­suite, which is a com­pletely sep­a­rate room that can be re­moved to make way for a dis­abled bath­room if need be,” Mr Lomma said.

While Mr Lomma ac­knowl­edged the home’s 1352sq m of liv­ing area should equate to large build and run­ning costs, a lot of thought went into ways to min­imise them.

“The cost of the sus­tain­able el­e­ments in the home is min­i­mal; for ex­am­ple, the im­ported Euro­pean dou­bleglazed win­dows for this home were cheaper than the lo­cal sin­gle-glazed op­tion,” he said.

“Some of the ideas im­ple­mented cost noth­ing at all and most of the sus­tain­able ideas in the home have a pay­back pe­riod of less than five years, with the long­est pay­back pe­riod in the or­der of 10 years. Given the home has an ex­pected life­span of 50 years, sus­tain­able fea­tures are the cheap­est part of the home.”

The home’s con­struc­tion in­volved en­vi­ron­men­tally sound ini­tia­tives, such as mak­ing sure all waste poly­styrene and card­board – al­most 60 cu­bic me­tres – was re­cy­cled.

The res­i­dence is open 10am to noon. All vis­i­tors must reg­is­ter to at­tend at www.sus­tain­able­house­day.c om to ob­tain the address.

The pala­tial home em­ploys a so­lar-pas­sive de­sign to take ad­van­tage of its stun­ning lo­ca­tion.

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