Water tank House Sustainability focus

Sustainability or probably more accurate in this instance ‘Sustainable development’ can be defined as the practice of maintaining processes of productivity indefinitely—natural or human made—by replacing resources used with resources of equal or greater value without degrading or endangering natural biotic systems. Our so-called eco-footprint… Something that we all should be striving for to maintain our quality of life now and well into the future.

Sustainability is the buzzword of building of late- and so it should be- we should all be developing our environmental conscious as far as our budget allows us. All buildings are designed with an energy rating- the minimum is 5 stars… So far in Australia the highest rating home design is by CSR getting up to 8 stars.

Perhaps the biggest change we have seen in the area of sustainability is the need or desire to get instant feedback on our consumption of energy—should it be gas, water, electricity etc… 

Our clients want to know what they are using- perhaps more what it is costing and how they can affect their set-up to improve their output.

With the right systems in place energy consumption can be quickly and easily managed- using cloud based technology, thus making it accessible anywhere in the world. Clients are capable of gaining the following information:

• Electricity consumption from a variety of sources
• Solar generation,
• Rain water harvesting
• Rain tank management,
• Water mains consumption,
• Gas usage,
• Irrigation monitoring.

The owners of the H-House were very focused on their footprint- perhaps more concerned with the drought in recent years. The clients wanted to push the envelope with design and loved a challenge so engaged their architects to develop a home that can supply itself in times of drought.

Not only do the 18 x 2000l water tanks provide the cladding but they also supply the toilets, laundry & rooftop garden. Holding over 50,000l of water! It is almost as if the building is designed as a green wall!