JDDB Blog


September 19, 2012
Sustainable Display Home Sale Ballarat

At Joseph De Losa Design Build, jddb, we're proud to present Ballarat’s first sustainable display home for SALE. A joy to live in, healthier, saving you money on water and energy bills, constructed using environmentally efficient materials this home works towards a neutral energy bill. Materials are used intelligently and with a purpose, creating a meeting of mind and matter, or mind within matter.

An aspect integral to design, creating an even temperature. As Joseph De Losa, Designer, Builder and HIA Greensmart professional explains, in Ballarat and surrounds temperatures range from -4 to 44 degrees, you have to think about how you can keep heat out during summer and in during winter, this is decided in the design process, you only have one go to get it right. Once it’s built that window of opportunity is gone. That’s why jddb have chosen to design and build because they know how to make a home that works, that is a home that not only uses energy but produces it.

The core concepts are passive solar design, natural cross ventilation, incorporating thermal mass into the building, adequate insulation and creative use of air gaps in the building envelope to provide inertia against temperature fluctuations. High integrity construction demanded double glazing throughout, non-toxic finishes, energy efficient lighting, appliances and water conscious plumbing, it’s a total home concept that works. A truly sustainable home that works towards a zero energy bill. It is brilliantly simple and doesn’t cost the earth. The jddb display home ticks every box. The home is constructed from Thermacell insulated concrete formwork, I.C.F’s, possessing excellent thermal properties. There is also a Trombe wall and a state of the art Solectaire heat recovery system, both passively heating the home during winter, naturally. Constructed on a slope it made sense to build a split-level (3 level) home that incorporates a wine cellar under the house, cut into the natural slope of the land and a home office with it’s own little Tuscan courtyard, as Joseph says it’s all about creating possibilities out of difficulties. Creativity putting mind into matter. The display home is solar powered, fitted with evacuated tube solar hot water, incorporates a grey water system, water catchment, small orchard, olive trees, vegie garden.

Joseph De Losa Design Build would like to take this opportunity to thank all who collaborated on the project; AAE Solar Hot Water, Absolute Kitchens, Ballarat Roofing, Ballarat Solar Plumbing, Ballarat and District Garage Doors, Beacon Lighting, Bunnings, CBD Concreting by Design, Certainteed, Command Star Insulation, Dahlsons, Gays Hardware, Haymes Natures Palette, Next Concept Painting and Design, Tidy Tiling, Thermacell Insulated Concrete Formwork, Townsend Joinery, and Smart Options.




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