Location: Kuipto, South Australia Date completed: 2000 Architect: Emilis Prelgauskas Builder: owner built Owner: Dr. David Easterbrook Size: 230m2 Climate: dry temperate
solar hws, wind turbine, rain water,
wood space heat, full self sufficiency, subsidence tower,
greywater re-use, Hebel, conservatory  |
The "Davelea" property comprises about 11 ha of the last remnant native bushland in the Kuitpo locality.
Kuitpo is situated in the Adelaide Hills, about 40km south-east of the city centre, and within direct access to the southern suburbs due west.
The Easterbrook family have owned the land
for a decade, undertaking landcare, weed eradication
and bushfire mitigation work on the land.
The development of a residence on the land focusses on:
The finalised design is for a house comprising:-
The lower floor has access to ground on its northern side, with conservatory glazing. The glazed area forms:-
The main floor has a northern open deck. The veranda
there shades the main living area and main
bedroom glazing from direct summer sun ingress.
The upper loft is an open mezzanine to the 2 storey high
living area with its exposed timber rafters and beams.
The subsidence tower seats on top of the spiral stair to the loft from the living area below, and aligned with the stair down to lower floor to maximise building wide cross ventilation.
The building is served by a 1.5kW wind turbine west of the building. The wind turbine tower is 20 metres high to stand the generator well above tree canopy line.
The power is held in a 48V DC 1100ah battery bank, with 6V DC, 12V DC, and 240V AC circuits reticulated.
Rainwater is stored and reticulated.
The building structure is a steel frame, with aerated autoclave concrete wall infill, insulated steel roof decks, concrete floors.