Projects> Currumbin (Living Laboratory)
21 Village Way, The Ecovillage at Currumbin, Currumbin Valley
Official opening: 10 December 2007
Inspection days: by appointment
1 + powder (wheelchair friendly)
Will Collins Design
Paul Tidmarsh & Owner / Builder Chris Walton
Gold Coast City Council
Bluescope Water (tanks
Commenced: March 2007
Completed: November 2007
Total Floor Area (GFA): 184.0m2
Covered Outdoor Area: 66.5m2
Lightweight construction incorporating ecoply, fibre cement sheeting, timber framework etc. External and internal rock walls feature and approximately 70% of construction is out of recycled materials including doors & windows, timber joists & framework, timber flooring & decking, entire kitchen (including granite benchtops), bath & double marble vanity, electrical fittings & fixtures, plumbing fixtures & fittings, poles, carport, landscaping materials etc
Ritek roofing has been used for insulation purposes.
The Living Laboratory home is completely water self sufficient and runs on a 1.5kW BP Solar power system connected to the mains grid for back up supply.
Achieves universal accessibility to entry, living areas, bedroom 1, bathroom and kitchen. Hallways are also wider for wheelchair accessibility. The kitchen is fully recycled and offers granite benchtops, reworked cupboards, and recycled stainless steel splashbacks.
French doors and windows in the kitchen / dining area are locally fabricated from recycled timbers.
Thermal mass is achieved by a series of 4 concrete Humes tanks submerged 800mm into the ground and topped with a polished concrete slab. The surface covers the water storage which goes completely unnoticed visually and yet assists with the termperature control in the room.
An internal rock wall also provides thermal mass with solar penetration achieved through clerestory windows for winter and cooling rock temperatures through summer.
Rainwater tank(s) size: 22500 litres + 4 x 2160litre Humes concrete water tanks (8640litres) embedded in ground and used as thermal mass / water storage
Rainwater application: potable water supply utilised for drinking, cooking, washing up, bathing / showering. All other water (eg: toilet flushing, gardens / lawn, clothes washing, car washing supplied by Ecovillage Water Reclamation Plant recycled water
Hot Water System: Conenergy solar hot water system with gas booster
Last updated October 2008