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Thermal performance of passive solar designed sustainable demonstration homes in Perth, Western Australia

James, G.M., Anda, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-7398-4192 and Mathew, K. (2006) Thermal performance of passive solar designed sustainable demonstration homes in Perth, Western Australia. In: 9th World Renewable Energy Congress, 19 - 25 August, Florence, Italy.



A number of sustainable demonstration homes have been built in Perth over the last 5 years. This paper reports on data gathered at two of them, provides a comparative assessment and presents lessons learnt. The Subiaco Sustainable Demonstration Home (SSDH) is a collaborative effort between the local council and the building industry to create a house that uses fewer resources than normally built homes during its construction, use, and eventual demolition. Harvest Lakes, the first Housing Industry Association (HIA) GreenSmart estate in Western Australia, showcases ‘The Elements’ Sustainable Demonstration Home (ESDH) as an example of a possible sustainable future of residential construction and living. With a Passive Solar (PS) design based on a standard plan, ‘The Elements’ Sustainable Demonstration Home could easily be replicated in various other locations of Australia. Each house has been monitored for at least the last year using stand-alone temperature data-loggers to record the air temperatures in different rooms to give an indication of the effectiveness of the PS design in terms of maintaining temperatures within established Thermal Comfort thresholds. Results collected to date indicate that a PS building can be thermally comfortable, but it does require occupants to ‘drive’ them to maximise the benefits of the design.

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Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental Technology Centre
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