Monthly Archives: August 2015

Eco Compound

This 2005 Green Smart Building of the Year WA and national runner up is a well optimised passive solar house constructed of rammed earth and recycled light poles. Designed with a thoughtful fusion of styles, the family compound features two houses with a shared laundry and courtyards. The optimised design eliminates the need for air conditioning and the house keeps between 18 and 28 degrees year round naturally with only a small fireplace for aesthetics.

Eagle Bay House

An award-winning architectural home, this passive solar house on the beach features a curved roof to suit the aesthetic of its bush setting. Large timber decks and solar verandaperfectly optimise the passive solar design. Natural light to the centre of the home provides an even internal ambiance and the design allows for the pick upcooling breezes and minimises the need for air conditioning.

Cottesloe Retrofit and Additions

Ecotect Architects acted as architectural and environmental consultants to the developer of this Federation home in Cottesloe. The brief was to recycle thedilapidatedhouse and transform it into a well performing passive solar house. The design included a special air collection system in the roof which took warm air from the roof space in winter and in the summer acted as a night exhaust system, keeping the house cool for the following day. The result is an iconic home in an iconic location.

Bluff Point House

Bluff Point House, built in the Mediterranean style of the area, is located in the north-west West Australian town of Geraldton. Possibly in the most perfect place on the planet for passive solar design, the home faces north to the street with views to the north-west to the ocean and car access to the back of the house. The Ecotect Architects team designed the living spaces around a sun court in the middle of the house. Solar verandas ensure 100% shade and the optimised solar passive design of the house picks up cooling breezes to minimise the need for air conditioning.