9 stars? That’s eco friendly

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this is our fourth year of hav­ing a home rep­re­sented,’’ Kenick build­ing con­sul­tant Rachel Why­mark said.

“The last dis­play home won three in­dus­try na­tional awards and around 10 re­gional awards for Kenick.”

The prop­erty on Hatch Close was des igned to be energy ef­fi­cient – min­imis­ing so­lar gain and max­imise pre­vail­ing breeze.

Ms Why­mark said some of the “green” fea­tures in­clude wide eaves, ex­ten­sive use of lou­vre win­dows, cross ven­ti­la­tion in all rooms, an open-plan de­sign with high ceil­ings and doors to pro­mote air­flow.

“The car­pet in the master bed­room is made from 37 per cent corn syrup and has 64 per cent less em­bod­ied energy than a typ­i­cal ny­lon car­pet.”

Light colours were also used as well as Earth­wool in­su­la­tion, re­flec­tive foil, so­lar hot wa­ter and even a wa­ter fea­ture.

“While so­lar hot wa­ter sys­tems are a lit­tle dearer ini­tially than gas, depend­ing on your us­age, they can pay for them­selves typ­i­cally in un­der five years.

“Af­ter that you have free hot wa­ter.

“Hav­ing a wa­ter fea­ture near the home has a nat­u­ral cool­ing ef­fect as the air passes over the wa­ter, as well as cre­at­ing a pleas­ant and sooth­ing sound as the wa­ter cas­cades down the fea­ture wall,” Ms Why­mark said. There was no short­age of other new­fan­gled eco fea­tures, in­clud­ing a prod­uct called Low E film ad­hered to win­dows to re­duce the sun’s rays and a type of paint that con­tains fewer nasty chem­i­cals, she said.

While ad­mit­ting the setup might ini­tially be costly, Ms Why­mark said be­ing green could give bet­ter re­turns in the long-term.

“You will be sav­ing money year-on-year if you in­cor­po­rate even some of the fea­tures.

“Per­son­ally, I am ahead $2400 per an­num on run­ning costs, but with clever use of pas­sive de­sign, which means less re­liance on airconditioning, com­bined with LEDs, so­lar hot wa­ter and so­lar PV, you too can save hun­dreds if not thou­sands ev­ery year.”

ON A WIN­NER: Greens­mart build­ing pro­fes­sion­als Oliver Voss and Rachel Why­mark at the Kenick Con­struc­tions’ award-win­ning dis­play house in Trin­ity Park.

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