Ben Callery Architects' Beyond House was the winner of the Heritage prize at the 2016 Sustainability Awards. The expert judges noted that "it demonstrates that the heritage constraints of the building need not limit sustainability", selecting the project from a strong field of six finalists. Scroll to the bottom to see comments from our jury on this project.
Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects stretches typical terrace boundaries, making a sustainable house despite its heritage constraints.
The existing house was south-facing, dark, cold, narrow and overshadowed by neighbouring walls on both side boundaries.
The clients wanted to live more sustainably in a naturally comfortable and healthy house. Their primary brief was to get more light, sun, warmth and air into the house. They wanted to supplement passive heating, cooling and daylighting with energy efficient active heating, cooling and on site energy production.
Through the insertion of central void, adjacent to a multi-purpose studio space, opening onto a roof deck, Ben Callery Architects connected the occupants with the world beyond - sun, breezes, sky and trees. Carefully placed openable internal & external windows share light, sun and breezes between rooms and facilitate passive heating and cooling while being hidden from the heritage streetscape.
The project makes use of a 3.5kW grid interactive solar power system, rain water harvesting, energy efficient lights and appliances, water efficient plumbing fittings and fixtures, and re-milled timber flooring.
- Renewable energy
- 3.5kw grid-connected solar power system
- Water saving
- 2 x 3,500L corrugated metal water tanks used for laundry, toilet flushing and garden
- Water from laundry available for use in garden with a simple valve
- Passive Design / Heating and Cooling
- Passive heating
- Active Heating and Cooling
- Energy efficient Sanden heat pump for hydronic heating in ground floor slab
- Big Ass Haiku ceiling fans for low energy natural cooling
- 2 x energy efficient Daikin reverse cycle air conditioners for first floor rooms only
- Remote controlled operable external blinds for external shading
- Building Materials
- Re-milled (recycled) messmate floorboards
- External timber cladding - locally sourced, radially sawn (very low wastage and efficient material use) Silvertop Ash shiplap cladding from Radial Timber Sales
- High thermal insulation
- Colorbond external walls for low maintenance
- Natural fibre carpet in bedrooms
- Windows and Glazing
- Timber framed (using local Victorian hardwood) double glazed, low-e coated windows (except louvres which are not double glazed but are low-e coated)
- Centor retractable flyscreens to bi-fold doors to encourage natural ventilation and passive cooling
- Sunway Cellular thermal internal blinds (with a double layer of fabric and air space) to external window
- Pendants with compact fluorescents used in upper ceiling to avoid penetrating insulation
- LED downlights used on ground floor
- Other ESD Features
- 8-year-old kitchen recycled from the old house
- Internal clothes drying rack
- Low VOC Finishes
- Bona traffic to timber floor
- Water based finish to concrete floor
- Low VOC paints
ENVIROSHOP, 3.5KW GRID-CONNECTED SOLAR POWER SYSTEM
TANKMASTA CORRUGATED METAL, 2 X 3,500L
BIG ASS FANS, HAIKU CEILING FANS
DAIKIN 2 X REVERSE CYCLE AIR CONDITIONERS
EXTERNAL TIMBER CLADDING
RADIAL TIMBER SALES
(WALLS) KNAUF INSULATION EARTHWOOL R2.5 + FOILBOARD ULTRA 20, 20MM OVER BATTENS
(ROOF), R5.0 CSR BRADFORD GOLD HIGH PERFORMANCE GLASSWOOL BULK INSULATION + AIR-CELL RETROSHIELD REFLECTIVE INSULATION UNDER ROOFING BATTENS
(FLOOR), 25MM R1.0 FOAMULAR EXTRUDED HIGH DENSITY POLYSTYRENE INSULATION UNDER ENTIRE FLOOR SLAB AND AT SLAB EDGES
FLYSCREENS TO BI-FOLD DOORS
THERMAL INTERNAL BLINDS
"This is a highly impressive project. It demonstrates that the heritage constraints of the building need not limit sustainability outcomes. The architect has delivered an impressive residential project with the guidance of an ambitious brief from the owners.
"Attention has been paid to renewable energy water-saving passive design material selection windows and glazing lighting and low the VOC finishes. This project is an excellent entry in the category and for the awards program in general."
The award for Heritage was proudly sponsored by Schiavello