Showcase for environment
- Published on 06 May 2014
This National Homes display showcases how luxury modern design need not be sacrificed in the pursuit of energy-efficient principles.
The Waldorf display home, in Harrisdale, incorporates a range of environmentally friendly features into its hotel-inspired design, from the initial stages all the way through the construction, according to BGC Residential general manager Mark Anderson.
The home showcases GreenSmart principles by incorporating elements such as PV (photovoltaic) cells, a gas-boosted solar hot-water system and thoughtful orientation, allowing for optimum airflow through the home, he said.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom display illustrated that thoughtful design, incorporating energy-efficient principles does not have to come at exceptional costs to the client.
Simply choosing waterwise tapware, WELS star-rated toilet systems and considering airflow and solar orientation when designing a home can make a considerable difference to the overall energy efficiency of the home, he said.
Adding extras such as solar hot water and PV cells will add value to the home, while providing substantial savings to the homeowner for the duration of their time in the home.
Named after New Yorks famous Waldorf Astoria hotel, Mr Anderson said the Waldorf was designed to be reminiscent of a luxury resort, with an array of high-spec finishes throughout, while also catering to the modern family lifestyle.
Separately zoned living spaces provided distinct spaces for parents and kids from a minor-bedroom zone to a web zone to a luxurious parents retreat at the rear of the home while a north-facing open-plan main living zone offered an inviting area for the entire family to come together.
The design manages to perfectly balance the integration between family and private time, so that everyone can enjoy their favourite pastimes together and individually, Mr Anderson said.
The main living area faces north to optimise solar orientation while a sliding door from the main suite to the rear of the home allows airflow to the bedroom without the need for artificial cooling or heating. Sliding doors to both alfresco areas also maximise breeze.
In addition to the 1.5KW photovoltaic system and 300L gas-boosted solar hot-water system, all toilets in the home feature a minimum four-star WELS rating, basins and sinks are fitted with minimum four-star-rated tapware, and all showers with minimum three-star WELS-rated showerheads.
Category GreenSmart Display Home
Company National Homes
Phone 9214 1133
Display The Waldorf
Publication Date: 03/05/2014
Page Number: 38
Headline: Showcase for environment
Byline: Cy Clayton
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