The Waverley House by Anderson Architecture is a fantastic example of sustainable modern housing in challenging location. The home is located outside of Sydney in Waverley, with a large neighbor to the north that restricts access to the sun. This made it difficult to capitalize on passive design, but the client was adamant about having a home with high environmental credentials. Anderson Architecture responded with a home that uses minimal energy, needs almost no heating or cooling, and has a great connection to the outdoors.
The client’s run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in lots of natural sunlight and incorporate sustainability throughout the project. The two story home has a garage, sitting room and large, open kitchen dining and living room on the ground floor. Sliding doors connect this space to a large deck, yard and the outdoors. The upstairs has three bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a master bedroom and bath. An upstairs deck surrounded by planters provides additional outdoor space.
To achieve the high environmental credentials, Anderson Architecture incorporated both active and passive solar design to help minimize the need for artificial heating and cooling. The home features operable shading, natural ventilation, daylighting, and active climate control that is regulated a series of sensors that monitor temperature, rain, light and wind. Tight and highly insulated walls minimize energy loss, while exposed concrete floors act as thermal mass. Computer modeling helped optimize all of these elements to achieve a high level of energy efficiency. In addition, the home harvests and the site encourages permeability of stormwater. Finally, natural and environmentally friendly materials reduce the home’s impact.
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