This new house in Melbourne’s north is tech-heavy with the aim to be completely energy neutral. The house is all-electric and powered by a 6kw array. Whilst all Habitech houses are sealed well above industry standards, this house takes it to the next level with heat exchange ventilation, high performance upvc windows and door blower testing to locate and seal any points of infiltration.
The site is at 45 degrees to north and falls significantly to the street. The approach adopted was to construct the house over split levels. This allows a large garage/workshop to be cut into the site below the entry and bedrooms. At the rear of the site the living areas sit between these two levels and open up to the rear yard and the sun. A retractable insulated panel roof shades the cut away northern corner of the house. The angled parapet at the street conceals the pv array which is angled to the north to maximise its performance.