High on a hill to harness the Yallingup countryside – an eco house that epitomises an off-grid lifestyle.
This award winning Yallingup Eco House Design was inspired by Yallingup architect Threadgold Architecture as an energy efficient eco house for a young growing family who had purchased 120 acre farm in Yallingup. This Yallingup Eco House Design embodies the clients’ ideals to live sustainably and off-grid with the brief demanding the Yallingup architect Threadgold Architecture to create a power self-sufficient Yallingup house design and incorporating passive solar design principles to reduce energy consumption. This Yallingup Eco House Design optimises environmentally sustainable design principles and passive solar design principles by being sited at elevation to take advantage of views, cooling breezes and is surrounded by citrus, nut and pomme fruit orchards set out to permaculture principles as part of the design brief received by architect Threadgold Architecture. It achieves passive solar design principles through a generous allocation of north facing glazing and end folding glass doors and highlight glass louvres for stack effect ventilation.
During the warmer south west days, the owners open the Breezeway glass louvres to the underside of roof eaves on the northern elevation to generate cross ventilation and cool the kitchen, living and dining areas. Throughout the colder days of a south west winter, the occupants close the operable windows and louvres to enjoy direct sunlight across 85% of the living floor space. The Yallingup architect designed a honed concrete floor to living areas to maximise passive solar design by capturing the radiant heat from the direct sunlight during the daylight hours and releasing the radiant heat gain through cooler south-west evenings.
The Yallingup architect‘s specification for the house incorporates materials that have a low embodied energy with rammed limestone to the south elevation to maximise the benefits of passive solar design by heat retention and Corten steel cladding shaded by cantilevered first floor on the west elevation. The kitchen perimeter benchtops are fabricated from 316 stainless steel and are framed by a white coloured back glass splashback. The island bench is made from a complimentary Essastone selection. Cabinetwork doors and drawers share laminate and a two pack epoxy finish while Blum Adventos lift overhead cupboards are situated over the southern slot window to the rammed limestone; doubling as the cabinetwork splashback. The Yallingup architect also specified Artedomus tiles and Astra Walker tapware are specified throughout the kitchen and wet areas.
The Yallingup architect‘s Yallingup Eco House Design house boasts complete power self-sufficiency with a 5.5kw photo voltaic array discretely hidden from view behind the single lock standing seam anthra zinc clad parapet. The Yallingup Eco House Design sustainable design credentials are further endorsed through rainwater harvesting and a potable water storage capacity of 550 kilolitres. The house’s green building benefits are also enhanced through incorporating a 440 litre Solarhart solar hot water system boosted by the Chazelle Chimneys wood fire box. The Yallingup architect reduced the embodied energy throughout the fitout phase of the project by utilising locally sourced recycled jarrah and sheoak hard wood species with a high natural resistance to white ants. Yallingup architect‘s brief included an edible landscape surrounding the house comprising of dwarf coffee trees, feijoa, papaya, pineapple and tamarillo trees laid out to permaculture principles.
Client : Private
Location : Yallingup, Western Australia