Canberra-based design company, Light House Architecture & Science, along with Indepth Building Solutions, were awarded the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project accolade for an impressive transformation of a dilapidated property.
The clever retrofit brought new life to the 115-square metre house, impressively increasing its amenities within the existing footprint and taking the home from 3.6 to nearly seven stars.
Its passive solar features include optimised window to floor area ratios, improved northern solar access, uPVC double-glazed windows with high solar transmission low-e and high levels of insulation.
The light-filled, energy-efficient home features engineered natural oak flooring throughout as well as its original brickwork, while the interior was designed to maximise airtightness by using as few ceiling and wall penetrations as possible.
The HIA GreenSmart Renovation/Addition Project category is judged on environmental construction features and inclusions, and liveability.
The award was announced during a virtual presentation of the 2020 HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards on 8 September.