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Measuring the performance of solar architecture for peri-urban villages

Goodfield, D., Anda, M., Mathew, K. and Hammond, R. (2004) Measuring the performance of solar architecture for peri-urban villages. In: 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES 2004), 30 November - 3 December, Perth, Western Australia.



This paper concerns an investigation into the energy efficiency of prefabricated lightweight houses for peri-urban villages in the Perth Metropolitan region. The focus is the thermal performance of five styles of building owned and developed by National Lifestyle Villages Pty. Ltd. known as ‘Park Homes’. The selected dwellings were unoccupied for the period of investigation and situated within two of the company’s villages -four situated at Pineview Lifestyle Village and one at the Lake Joondalup complex, both in the suburb of Wanneroo some 20 kms north of Perth. The NLV buildings themselves are prefabricated off site and brought on site in two halves for final assembly. The frame is constructed of steel, which is clad with fibre cement boarding and roofed in zincalume sheeting. This report shows how the different styles of buildings performed under the same external conditions. The buildings were constructed without consideration of solar passive design principles but wall insulation was installed in the Pineview homes. This investigation has highlighted the need to improve thermal performance and energy efficiency through the use of solar passive design principles and other energy conservation measures. Consequently, at the new Bridgewater village currently under construction the buildings have been designed using solar passive design principles as well as wall and underfloor insulation. Thermal performance data will continue to be gathered during summer peak temperature and solar radiation at Lake Joondalup and Pineview villages as well as the new solar houses at Bridgewater. Recommendations are made for housing in proposed future villages for other improvements such as innovative means of increasing internal thermal mass.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental Technology Centre
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