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    The Beachmere Project by Sovereign Homes

    Nathan Johnson

    Designed to meet the growing demand for luxurious homes with a sustainable outcome, The Beachmere Project by Sovereign Homes, boasts high standards of sustainable design and construction. Located in Beachmere, the home demonstrates what is possible if sustainability forms an essential element of the decision making process from the start.

    Working in conjunction with Ecolateral, as well as industry leaders such as ABB, Boral, CSR Bradford Insulation, CSR Solar, James Hardie, Bretts Windows, and Hanson Concrete, Sovereign Homes has implemented a number of innovative design solutions and construction processes to enhance the efficiency of the home at minimal additional cost.

    Key initiatives:

    • Targeting zero net operational energy through use reduction and onsite generation and battery storage from a total of 9kW of solar PVs and a 600W wind turbine saving up to 7,667kg (7.6 tonnes) of CO2-e per year
    • Targeting zero net operational water through use reduction and onsite rainwater storage saving 227,395L of mains water per year
    • Passive design initiatives to create a thermally comfortable house that is not air conditioned
    • Improved indoor environmental quality through selection of materials
    • Environmentally responsible material handling during construction and use to reduce waste resulting in 12m3 of waste generated during the entire demolition and construction phase compared to the average $400K residential project where approximately 54m3 are disposed of in landfill
    • The reduction of over 9.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during the construction processes through the provision of overnight accommodation
    • Continuity of power for the home and community during disasters through a 3 day UPS from the battery bank

    Images: Darren Kerr Photography/Lime Photography

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