Equanimity Foundation

Local sustainability

The Space

The Building

Six months of planning and 6 months of building was followed by 2-3 years of construction and development of the garden and rainwater harvesting systems, including a bungalow. The living space is a standard narrow-block design home by Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders, their draughtsman Kevin Hincksman and builders Designer Homes Qld P/L by Andrew Black. The space has an 8 star sustainability rating under the Qld Development Code MP4.1 due to the following features:

Insulation to all walls and ceilingsEF30Aug2015

Ceilings

Surfmist (light, reflective colour) Colourbond roofing

3.1 kW PV system

450 Litre solar hot water system

30.5K litres of rainwater harvesting to all internal taps (except one inside and one outside for fire safety)

Energy efficient lighting (LEDs and Energy saver fluorescents)

Passive design – rear deck facing north

Awnings over windows

Cross ventilation

A 7.1 kW split level reverse-cycle air conditioner

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