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Landcom Energy Efficient Home

Landcom is the NSW Government Agency for land development and is committed to providing affordable energy efficient and
environmentally friendly housing.
The Landcom Energy Efficient Home is at Ferraby Drive at Melaleuca Estate, Metford in the Hunter Valley of NSW and is the showcase for energy efficient living.


The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and Maitland City Council have supported the Project.


In November 1998 Landcom enlisted the support of Maitland council and instigated a competition for the design of an Affordable Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Home that complied with the five star energy rating.


The competition was won by Newcastle architect Mr Glen Spicer of EJE architects. Project home builder Jones Homes was engaged to construct the house.


Energy Saving Features:

The Northerly orientation of the home maximises natural light, and louver windows assist in temperature control through cross flow ventilation.


The Architect specified designed a standard brick veneer construction with concrete tile roof.   However, what made the home different in its thermal performance was the introduction of the reflective foil insulation in the form of Concertina Foil batts.


Solartex Insulations was chosen to supply and install its Concertina Foil Batts insulation product which was specified as both the wall and ceiling insulation material. The timber frame walls were also wrapped in an aluminium reflective sarking foil membrane.  The roof tiles were also sarked providing both a weatherproof  reflective membrane for the structure as well as creating multiple reflective airspaces and this is why the home was so cool to walk into on those hot summer days.
The choice of this type of insulation reduced the need to have airconditioning. The use of ceiling fans, louvre windows and draught sealed doors and windows all contributed to improved year round thermal comfort.


The house was used as Landcom's sales office and was open to the public to demonstrate the features used to create an affordable energy efficient home. The staff manning the home would always comment on how comfortable the home was.  


Solartex was proud to be part of the new generation of homes that demonstrate cost savings and benefits of building and living in an energy efficient home.


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