Clean living is future
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.