A house built in Broome for the Department of Housing and Works has won the national HIA GreenSmart award for Energy Efficiency.
Designed by David Oppenheim and Chris Barnett of Sustainable Built Environments in Melbourne, the house was built by H and M Tracey Construction Pty Ltd.
The house, located at Lot 238 Bin Sellek Avenue, was designed to capture cooling sea breezes while also providing protection from prevailing easterly winds.
The finished dwelling is the culmination of an international design competition conducted by the Department of Housing and Works.
Housing and Works Minister Francis Logan said he was pleased the design of the house had received national recognition.
“The grounds of the property feature carefully designed landscaping to shade the house and trap cooling sea breezes during the hot northern summer, solar electricity panels on the roof, rainwater collection tanks and a large covered external living area,” Mr Logan said.
“Energy and water-efficiency systems will be monitored to ascertain the success of the initiatives incorporated in the design. The results will be publicised in an effort to increase public awareness about the benefits of sustainable and energy-efficient housing.”
Since its completion in September 2004, the house had already generated significant interest in shires around Australia.
“This is another initiative which increases awareness of energy and water efficiency in contemporary housing designs,” the Minister said.
“It is another example of the Gallop Government’s commitment to protecting Western Australia’s unique environment.”
HIA managing director Ron Silberberg said the GreenSmart program was an industry-driven initiative aimed at encouraging builders, designers, product manufacturers and home-owners to utilise the benefits of environmentally responsible housing.
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