- Beaumont Buildings Design
The CORE 9 home aims to change the way we think about affordable sustainable housing. Specifically designed for the Australian climate, the stylish, low maintenance and compact three-bedroom design.
C = Carbon Positive – uses renewable energy sources to generate enough clean energy
0 = Zero Waste – adapting designs to use standard material lengths to minimise off-cuts and landfill
R = Recyclability – reduce raw material extract, with the ability to be recycled, up-cycled or re-processed
E = Economics – balance energy efficient design, optimal thermal performance and operational running costs.
With the rising cost of energy and the need to conserve our precious resources, a sustainable home is becoming a highly desirable and more economical option long term. To respond to this challenge and demonstrate how this can be achieved the CORE 9 prototype has been built at The Cape. The CORE 9 home aims to change the way we think about affordable sustainable housing. Specifically designed for the Australian climate, the stylish, low maintenance and compact three bedroom design can be adapted for energy ratings from 6 to 10-star to suit a range of budgets.
Good design principles should be available to everyone who wants to build their own home, regardless of budget. To this end, a construction scale was created that allows the building to be adapted to any star rating between 6 and 10-star.
The aim was a create a sustainable house for the Australian housing market, combining passive solar design principles and standard construction practices to create maximum energy efficiency in an affordable home. The design is suitable for the Australian climate and can be adapted to any location.
The home currently has a net annual energy bill of -$275.00
In the course of research into the cost and the energy efficiency of the design, a formula for sustainable design was devised – through a volumetric (or isometric) scale to the house. There is a ratio for the width and length of the build and a separate ratio for the width and height. The area for cladding around the external walls was equal to the floor area and by keeping to this ratio, we achieved extremely high energy efficiency. We are continuing to work on the formula for this ratio and hope that it will one day become a standard reference for builders and designers.
The CORE house is designed to utilise the elements and make maximum use of sunlight, wind direction and environmental factors. With street appeal from every angle, all sides and elevations can be the front of the house, ensuring the home can be correctly orientated on any block.
The open plan, shared living space encourages an inclusive social dynamic. The design can be adapted for different star ratings and budgets. While the configuration of the house remains the same, the different energy ratings are achieved through changes in the material specifications. The higher the rating, the better the house performs.
To compliment and reflect the sentiment of the design the CORE 9 interior has been furnished and styled in a range of locally sourced artisan’s works. In keeping with the CORE 9 values each supplier has been selected based on the below criteria:
• Mande from recycled content
• Ethically made
• Locally and Australian made