Goolwa house wins sustainability award

Nestled into coastal dunes at Goolwa Beach, this house designed by architects Grieve Gillett wins at the SA Architects Awards.

Nestled into coastal dunes 250 metres from the surf at Goolwa Beach in SA, this house has been designed by architects Grieve Gillett to relate and connect with the wonderful surrounding landscape.

Sustainable features include a slab that takes advantage of the ground’s thermal mass, collection of rainwater, sunshading and sun control, solar hot water system (evacuated tube), good insulation (combination of air-cell sarking and batts in walls and roof) and PV cells.

In this house, sustainability combines with aesthetics. Certified plantation timber cladding on the external walls was chosen to weather the conditions of the site. The house also has light coloured roofing to reflect the sun’s heat. It’s been through two summers with days above 40 degrees with no need for air conditioning.

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