The ‘Filter House’ Broome, designed to capture cooling breezes while also providing protection from prevailing easterly winds has won architects David Oppenheim and Chris Barnett of Sustainable Built Environments a 2005 Greensmart energy efficieny award.
The finished house is the culmination of an international design competition conducted by the WA Department of Housing and Works in response to all of the local sustainable issues. It features:
1)innovative handling of sun control and ventilation through fixed and movable filter screens;
2)provision for the controlling of natural ventilation and extensive use of ceiling fans;
3)clever and effective room and outdoor living layout – there is a large covered external living area;
4)careful landscaping to shade the house and trap cooling sea breezes;
5)effective use of light building materials and thermal mass;
6)use of the sun for water heating;
7)photo-voltaic cell generation of electricity to meet requirements. Excess electricity is fed directly back into the power grid.
Since its completion in September 2004, the house has generated interest in many shires around Australia. Energy and water efficiency systems will be monitored to assess the success of various design initiatives.
HIA managing director Ron Silberberg says the Greensmart program aims to get the industry – builders, designers, product manufacturers and home-owners – using environmentally responsible housing.
Greensmart Villages open for inspection around Australia are listed on website http://www.greensmart.com.au/E-news/Enews_Mar05.html#villages lists.