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A beautiful house with sustainable design was designed by BVN Architecture, in collaboration with Daniel R. Fox Architects. This house, Bryden House, is located in Quensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Witta, Australia, in a small clearing, near  a dense sub-tropical rain forest. With this condition, attention to the environment during the construction time is a must consideration. This [...]




 

 

A beautiful house with sustainable design was designed by BVN Architecture, in collaboration with Daniel R. Fox Architects. This house, Bryden House, is located in Quensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Witta, Australia, in a small clearing, near  a dense sub-tropical rain forest. With this condition, attention to the environment during the construction time is a must consideration.

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This sustainable house is owned by a single woman, who has  passion on books, and significant art collection. She wants a house with low maintenance, and relative modest construction. With the condition of the surroundings, eco friendly construction becomes a good choice to be applied, where environment disturbances should be minimal. The environment’s beautiful view becomes a good additional point, as the house is used for a place for contemplation of nature, art and literature and occasional guest entertainment.

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To minimize the disturbances of environment, The eco house building is built on stilts.  The house is also built in only one level, and dark color is chosen to make a good blend with the surroundings and minimizing the visual impact on. The only excavation processes are done to accommodate vehicular access and water storage below the garage.

To minimize maintenance, this sustainable construction is clad by lightweight metal.  This house also applies passive house concept, by placing the construction to face north. This matter is also supported by the construction of the house (built on stilts) which may support natural ventilation system.

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To achieve high sustainability, this sustainable building design is supported by several green technologies, such as rain water collection system, solar energy system, organic waste treatment, and some green building materials. The rain water collectors may provide 40,000 liters of water, stored under the garage. The collectors are located on the roof,  permeable driveway and pathways. The solar energy system is provided by photovoltaic panels. The using of green energy source is also supported by the using of energy efficient light fittings. AC is not needed as natural ventilation may provide cool air. To provide hot air during winter, a slow combustion stove with ducted heat transfer is used. Plantation timbers were used for the material of structures, floors, walls, etc. They were not taken  from natural forests, to avoid deforestation. Low VOC finishes are applied.

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All of the features of this eco friendly building may create a good connection between the house and the surroundings, especially from the existing of some windows on both north and south side. Once again, it is proven that it is possible to do a sustainable architecture work, with minimal site disturbances.

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