Ilma Grove by Andrew Maynard Architects
by Ted Savage / August 18, 2011
Via @ArchDaily, a thoroughly "green" and solar effiiency-based extension to a heritage home in Northcote, Victoria, Australia, features roof-captured rain water harvesting, solar panels, high performance insulation, recycled materials, Low-E-coated double-glazing, low VOC materials, and deliberately small size.


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Passive solar design uses seasonal sun angles and a locally sourced, dense bluestone flooring, to store heat in the winter and cool in the summer, with high-efficiency insulation eliminating the need for air conditioning and drastically reducing heating requirements. Bricks were recycled from the demolished previous structure. Solar panels make the house coal-independent. And the list goes on... More at Andrew Maynard Architects. Photos: Kevin Hui.

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