This student housing is the largest Passive House-certified building in the Southern Hemisphere

November 19, 2019 by  
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At nearly 70,000 square feet, Gillies Hall at Monash University in Australia has become the country’s largest Passive House-certified building. The school has a population of about 4,000 students, most of whom are studying subjects of early childhood education, physiotherapy and nursing. Since the building was opened, modeling has maintained indoor temperatures between 22 °C (71 °F) and 24 °C (75 °F) throughout the year. At the forefront of the project was the usage of cross-laminated timber (or CLT), which inspired much of the design for the building’s interior. CLT is a type of prefabricated , solid wood paneling that is both lightweight and strong and is widely considered to have a low environmental impact in construction projects. Aside from providing superior thermal insulation, its simple and quick installation generates minimal waste onsite. Related: LEED Platinum UCSB student housing harnesses California’s coastal climate According to Simon Topliss, project director for Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, “CLT was a wonderful, low-carbon solution and is a robust, structural product with a warmth that concrete doesn’t have.” Close to 50 percent of the entire building’s internal walls and the partition walls in each apartment were made using CLT . There are two wings of apartments on each residential floor, each joined by a connective “knuckle,” allowing the building’s circulation to integrate with the communal kitchen, lounge and study. There are glazed, open stairs with outside views connecting to other floors as well. In Australia, Passive House -certified projects typically cost 6 to 10 percent extra to construct but use about 70 percent less energy than conventional buildings. The region where Gillies Hall was built often sees a large number of extremely hot summer days, so plenty of shading and cross-ventilation methods were implemented in order to keep the building within the temperature standards of Passive House certification. The project was completed in 19 months, just in time for students to move in for the 2019 school year. Topliss said that the university’s commitment to fostering community was one of the main focuses for the design of the building. “So we wanted to take every design opportunity to create spaces for students to socialize, play and study together,” Topliss explained. “There is one resident adviser per 30 students, and floor planning was developed around this model.” + Jackson Clements Burrows Architects Via Dwell Photography by Peter Clarke via Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Movable walls on this Moonlight Cabin allow owners to turn their house inside out

July 20, 2016 by  
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Tucked within its small footprint is a treasure trove of luxuries, all designed to house a small family on vacation. The cabin spans a humble 645 square feet (60 square meters) and includes a fully appointed kitchen and bathroom. In the main living area, a giant U-shaped built-in sofa provides maximum lounge space and a spectacular view from a floor-to-ceiling window , obscured only slightly by a suspended wood stove. The home’s interior is fitted with Victorian ash timber linings coated with limed wood wash, which surround the space in elegant, contemporary style. The minimal interior design and restricted palette create a tranquil environment for relaxation, while carefully selected sustainable materials make the Moonlight Cabin as cost-effective as it is attractive. Related: Cape Schanck House boasts sweeping views of the Australian dune landscape The architects chose Spotted Gum for the cabin’s exterior panels, a native Australian variety of eucalyptus hardwood. The sustainable material is often used in flooring, but here demonstrates the same durable features, particularly the ability to expand and contract naturally in the changing climate. Shutters invite cross-ventilation , as well as offer the homeowners a bevy of privacy options. The shutters can be positioned to open up the interior space to the out-of-doors, or closed to ensure security and safety in the event of a storm, or when the owners are ready to pack up and go back to their primary home overseas. + Jackson Clements Burrows Images via Jeremy Weihrauch/Gollings Studio

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Movable walls on this Moonlit Cabin allow owners to turn their house inside out

July 19, 2016 by  
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Tucked within its small footprint is a treasure trove of luxuries, all designed to house a small family on vacation. The cabin spans a humble 645 square feet (60 square meters) and includes a fully appointed kitchen and bathroom. In the main living area, a giant U-shaped built-in sofa provides maximum lounge space and a spectacular view from a floor-to-ceiling window , obscured only slightly by a suspended wood stove. The home’s interior is fitted with Victorian ash timber linings coated with limed wood wash, which surround the space in elegant, contemporary style. The minimal interior design and restricted palette create a tranquil environment for relaxation, while carefully selected sustainable materials make the Moonlight Cabin as cost-effective as it is attractive. Related: Cape Schanck House boasts sweeping views of the Australian dune landscape The architects chose Spotted Gum for the cabin’s exterior panels, a native Australian variety of eucalyptus hardwood. The sustainable material is often used in flooring, but here demonstrates the same durable features, particularly the ability to expand and contract naturally in the changing climate. Shutters invite cross-ventilation , as well as offer the homeowners a bevy of privacy options. The shutters can be positioned to open up the interior space to the out-of-doors, or closed to ensure security and safety in the event of a storm, or when the owners are ready to pack up and go back to their primary home overseas. + Jackson Clements Burrows Images via Jeremy Weihrauch/Gollings Studio

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Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

November 5, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , australia , australian architecture , Cape Schanck House , coastal dune landscape , jackson clements burrows , rainwater collection tanks , spotted gum hardwood , sunshades , wood-clad home

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