29 Dec '14, 5pm

Rammed earth house in Australia is a modern classic:

Timber slats on the exterior from sustainably-harvested red western cedar provide interesting exterior texture and protection from the sun and weather. Rammed earth walls form the foundation for the back extension and serve as sustainable thermal mass, while high performance insulation and windows minimize energy loss. A new winter courtyard off the old part of the house and connecting to the new provides a sheltered outdoor space and more light for the living room. Hydronic floors and a heat pump provide energy efficient heat in the winter and natural ventilation with carefully placed operable windows keep things cool in the summer. Finally, the home is equipped with a 1 kW photovoltaic system on the roof to supplement the home’s energy use.

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