Sustainable apartment redesign brings greater energy efficiency

Sanctuary Sustainable Design Directory member EME Design improved the functionality and energy efficiency of this inner city apartment.

Inheriting the choices of a previous designer, Luke Middleton of EME Design focused on revitalising this two-bedroom apartment’s interior and improving its thermal performance. Even with design elements that make energy efficiency difficult, such as a mezzanine and open staircase, the redesign has rewarded its occupants with lower bills and an increased sense of space.

Using a thermal imaging camera, EME found the spots where heat was escaping and entering. They covered and insulated a skylight and changed old downlights in the living space and kitchen to sealed LEDs. They installed draft extruders and repaired the apartment’s doors so they seal completely. “We did what we could without turning the world upside down,” says Luke.

Changes in the kitchen also improved the apartment’s liveability. The fridge was moved from where it stood blocking access and light. Clever cabinetry created more storage space and concealed the new fridge.

Transformed on a modest budget of $35,000 to create spacious living areas, the apartment’s small family (a couple and their toddler) love their redesigned home.

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