Sustainable eco home Design

Eco Homes in the City of Cockburn

The Gallery is one of six sustainable ecohomes designed for the City of Cockburn, each responding to a different lot orientation.

This home has achieved a high star rating in the Cockburn climate, because of its layout and consideration of thermal mass, light, colour, openings and efficient fittings and appliances.

Click on any of the hotspots on the house plan to learn more:

  1. General overview
  2. Suitable Orientation
  3. Wall and roof insulation
  4. Thermal Mass
  5. Roof design
  6. Small east/west openings

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General overview

This home will perform best on a lot with a narrow northern orientation.

The layout, consideration of materials, thermal mass and colour work together to enable the home to perform well for this orientation.

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Suitable Orientation

Locating living areas to the north enables the home’s living areas to be naturally lit during winter months, and shaded in the summer time, because of the sun’s changing position in the sky. The solar passive design of the home is enhanced through the effects of solar pergolas.

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Wall and roof insulation

Insulation slows down the movement of heat through a building’s materials. This home has insulation in the roof, ceiling and wall cavities, cooling it in summer and warming it in winter.

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Thermal Mass

The home can be naturally warmed in the winter months, through the use of materials with a high thermal mass such as polished concrete. These materials absorb heat from the sun and radiate into the home.

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Roof design

 The roof plays an important role in the sustainability of this home. Its northern slope is ideal for the installation of solar panels and its lighter colour reflects heat from the sun.

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Small east/west openings

Minimising openings along eastern and western elevations shades the home from the hot summer sun. Locating these openings higher up enables hot air to leave the home.

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Six eco home designs to suit your block orientation

These six ecohome designs are stylish, comfortable, affordable and sustainable. To view the design plans for each of these homes, please click the "View this design" link, shown under the relevant home design you prefer.

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The Hanger

 
Suitable for
South
elevation block

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The Hanger is an attractive 2-storey eco residence designed to suit lots where north is orientated towards the rear of the site. It presents a unique visual appeal to the street. The unique design of the walls act as ‘wing walls’ that help direct south-westerly breezes into the home for natural cooling.

The Intellect

 
Suitable for
South
elevation block

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The Intellect is ideally suited to subdivided blocks where north is oriented towards the rear of the site. It features 3 bedrooms, built-in robes, a ground floor powder room and upstairs bathroom, and boasts a generous master suite complete with ensuite and WIR.

The Sunshower

 
Suitable for
South East
elevation block

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The Sunshower is an elegant single story eco residence designed around a north-facing courtyard. It is ideally suited to sites with a north orientation up to 45 degrees from the side boundaries. The design is flexible and can be mirrored.

The Tangent

 
Suitable for
South West
elevation block

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The Tangent has been designed to suit lots where the side boundaries are oriented up to 45 degrees from north. This eco home design is flexible and can be mirrored, and also works when the carport is located at the rear of the property for block with access to a right of way.

The Tipti

 
Suitable for
West or East
elevation block

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The Tipti is suited to blocks where north is oriented towards the side boundaries. This eco home design represents affordable, compact and flexible living. An unique feature of Tipti is that it can be constructed in two stages to accommodate a growing family over time. It can then be converted a third time into two group dwellings that can suit retirees or young professionals or students.