Retrofit of suburban home wins ArchiTeam sustainability award

Chiverton Architects have won the bankmecu sustainability medal at this year’s ArchiTeam awards for their work on Webb House.

The St Kilda home was retrofitted for sustainability during an extension that added an extra bedroom and bathroom.

A key feature of the home is the clever use of materials. Importantly, recycled materials were used to build the retrofit. All of the brickwork was salvaged from the demolition of the rear of the building, while the floors, walls, ceilings and joinery were built from recycled floorboards sourced from a demolished school site nearby.

The upper storey is clad with paling fencing to differentiate the levels and reduce the building’s scale, and planters are added to provide shade and to soften the building.

Rainwater is captured in a 10,000 litre water tank installed under the front yard. This water is used in the laundry, for garden irrigation and for toilet flushing. Solar hot water with a gas booster provides domestic hot water and hot water for the hydronic heating.

Natural ventilation is used in lieu of air conditioning, and a 4.5KWH solar array is installed on the roof.

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ArchiTeam is celebrating its 21st year, and its annual awards aim to raise the profile of small to medium sized architecture firms and celebrate their contributions to Victoria’s architectural landscape. This year’s award recipients represent a mixture of commercial, residential, unbuilt, sustainability and community projects.

The 2013 ArchiTeam Award winners and entrants can be viewed in an exhibition open to the public from November 20 – December 2 in the No Vacancy Gallery at Melbourne’s QV building.

For more information on the awards or exhibition please contact:

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