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    Palm House by Balance Architecture & Interior Design

    VIC

    Renovations of a double storied 1865 timber and Castlemaine stone building were undertaken by Balance Architecture & Interior Design to improve its sustainability.

    Palm House saw the replacement of its decayed roof cladding, an improvement in its living and working environment, and a reduction in its costs of power consumption.

    The roof was showing signs of decay and the lack of suitable insulation under the corrugated iron roof cladding made the first floor environment unsuitable for good living. Internal temperatures were uncomfortably high in summer and extremely cold in winter. The use of artificial heating and cooling produced excessive quarterly electricity bills.

    The house is protected by a Heritage Overlay which is consistent with controls which exist within the Historic township of Maldon.

    A new roof cladding, a rebuild of the building’s switchboard, and a 5kW solar electric system, have lowered inside temperatures during summer by 8-10 degrees, and have made temperatures more comfortable in winter. Less electric power is used also used from the electricity grid. 

    All full pieces of corrugated roofing iron were distributed among various town residents to be reused for fences and shed claddings.

    KEY INITIATIVES

    • The Heritage Overlay allows replacement of roofing irons but the use of Colorbond is not allowed
    • Galvanised corrugated iron as a roof cladding is permitted
    • Electric solar panels are not permitted to be seen from a public road or park
    • Double sided heavy duty sisalation and 50mm fiberglass blanket installed under roof cladding is permitted as it is not visible

    PRODUCTS

    ROOFING
    BLUESCOPE STEEL, CORRUGATED GALVANISED IRON

    INSULATION 
    CSR BRADFORD, DOUBLE-SIDED HEAVY DUTY SISALATION UNDER 60MM FIBERGLASS BLANKET  

    Key Info

    Architect: Balance Architecture & Interior Design
    PhotographyAndrew Fedorowicz

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