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YEPPOON - Capricorn Blue

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Cnr Short and Alse Street Yeppoon

Project summary

Capricorn Blue resort is located in Yeppoon, the coastal mecca of Central Queensland.

The resort comprises of 18 residential apartments (4 x three bedroom ground floor units and 14 x two bedroom plus study townhouses), including an on-site manager's residence, with generous indoor and outdoor living areas with all units having a high level of fitout throughout.

All residences have a north or northeast aspect which is ideal for solar access in both summer and winter. The apartments are located on 3 separate building envelopes which greatly enhances the levels of personal privacy and security for all residents.

The overall design has been strongly influenced by the constraints and the opportunities that were unique to the Capricorn Blue site. While the resort is close to the water, it doesn’t have sea views. To overcome this challenge the outlook is focused internally and overlooks more than 2,000 square metres of landscaped grounds.

In addition to providing more than double the landscaped area required under Council's Planning Scheme, the layout was also able to provide almost double the car parks required which can also be used for additional private secured storage.

The design saw more than 70% of the existing mature vegetation retained. This allowed local birdlife to continue with their breeding cycle while construction continued. The landscaping is watered by an irrigation system that is completely independent of Council’s supply, coming from underground stored roof water that is supported by an existing water bore. This provides residents with a green leafy outlook all year round.

While there was an opportunity to secure one of the adjoining properties, if anything, it would have compromised the outcomes that have been achieved with this boutique complex which is more inclusive of the local community compared to larger scale projects. Occupants can quite literally go about their every day lives without having to use a motor vehicle with pedestrian paths and bikeways linking the complex to most services and facilities.

The resort has a broad appeal to owner occupiers and investors alike, being suitable to both long and short term occupancy and is adaptable to suit people’s different needs not just now, but also into the future.

Most developments of this scale tend to have one or two 'dogs' but in this instance there is little difference between the 'best' and 'worst' 3 and 2 bedroom apartments respectively. Importantly, Capricorn Blue gives people a lifestyle choice within each unit, the complex itself and the local community where they can enjoy all the beauty and diversity that the Capricorn Coast has to offer.

What's particularly unique about this project is that while it incorporates a range of sustainable elements probably not seen with any other development, the residences not only offer lower running costs through higher levels of energy and water efficiency, the most expensive unit is still below the entry level for many other projects of lesser quality.

Local council
Rockhampton Regional Council

Climate zone
Sub-tropical – Climate Zone 2

Key facts

Brown Evans and Associates

Project manager
Sustainable Synergies

Sustainable Design features

Overall design and layout
There are 5 different design layouts for the proposed apartments. All units will have a north or northeast outlook which is the ideal aspect for this region. The passive design takes full advantage of the prevailing breezes particularly in summer reducing the need for mechanically assisted climate control.

Water efficency
Maintenance of landscaping accounts for around 50% of household water consumption. While the existing vegetation is to be retained where practical, any new plants will be low water-use varieties (mostly native species) with lawn being restricted to large play areas which further reduces water consumption.

An efficient irrigation system will be used to water all landscaping. The water will be supplied from a storage tank located within the complex and will be supplied by the following methods:

The storage tank which collects roof water will also reduce pressure on existing storm water management systems. N.B. A double check valve will be installed so town water supply is available if required in the years to come.

Flow control devices shall comprise of the following:

Building materials
The foundation walls and floors will be made from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (known as Hebel). autoclaved aerated concrete is lightweight, it has high load bearing strength, fire and pest resistance.

Importantly this product has superior insulation properties with respect to acoustic and thermal performance. The highly efficient insulating properties of Hebel materials mean that buildings using them require less energy for cooling and heating. This product is also commonly used as a sound barrier along high volume carriageways close to housing. Its acoustic qualities also make it a popular choice for noise reduction in higher density residential areas.

Fittings and finishes
The emphasis for all fittings and finishes will be quality and durability throughout.

Floor coverings will need to be hard wearing and durable particularly given that short term occupants tend live a much more active lifestyle compared to long term occupants. All living areas will be tiled throughout with commercial grade carpet installed in the bedroom areas.

Dishwashers will be fitted in each kitchen and will maximise energy and water efficiency.

Paints with low toxicity and emissions are to be used particularly for all internal areas.

Smart Wiring is to be installed in each unit in order to provide for current and future needs. Smart Wiring is an industry wiring standard that once installed allows you to access multiple telephone, internet, fax + PAY-TV options.

Fluorescent lighting is to be used in high use areas such as the kitchen & living area.

High performance skylights are to be installed in all bathrooms. The design of each unit also allows good use of natural lighting.

Climate control/ventilation
All units are designed in a way which will take advantage of existing breezes enhancing natural ventilation levels. Windows on the western walls are to be shaded with eaves. Ceiling fans are to be installed in the living areas and bedrooms.

2.5 Kw split-cycle inverter air-conditioning units will be installed in the living area of each dwelling. These models are generally the most efficient domestic air-conditioners available.

Roofing shall be light in colour and have recycled high performance insulation installed. Up to 45% of heating and cooling energy can be saved with appropriate roof and ceiling insulation.

Thermal performance is further improved with the use of Hebel for floors and walls as previously stated.

Hot water
All dwellings will have their own solar electric boosted hot water system installed, with the collector panels positioned for maximum performance. The system's hot water thermostat will be set at a safe temperature of 50°C to prevent scalding.

Retention of existing vegetation
Around 70% of the existing mature vegetation shall be retained. This may also involve the relocation of some species.

Stormwater dispersal
The stormwater management system will significantly reduce the amount of run-off from the subject sight onto adjoining land with the water being collected and being channeled directly into a local freshwater tributary sustaining and supporting the natural ecosystem.

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Last updated January 2009

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