An architecturally designed home; designed as a safe haven free from chemicals and allergens.
The clients of the Warragul home wanted the best of both; a traditional and contemporary home with good indoor air quality and low levels of electromagnetic radiation.
With severe and multiple chemical allergies and intolerances, the clients required an allergy free home. BP Architects specialise in green architecture and designing sustainable buildings and the clients were pleased to learn that Bridget (BP Architects) had completed a Masters Thesis on Chemical Emissions from Building Products. Furthermore, the clients wanted a home that was easy to clean and maintain.
“we were pleased to learn that Bridget had additional qualifications in the field of ‘allergy’ [sic] architecture.” Bev May, Owner Warragul Home
A Brief Description
The clients had retired from a farm and wanted a lifestyle change. They wanted a traditional use of brick veneer construction on the exterior of the home with an interior reflecting a modern and contemporary lifestyle.
BP Architects specified non-toxic building materials to be used in the construction of this home. In some instances, the Clients were given samples of other building products to ensure that there would be no immediate reaction to these products.
Detailed Feature Description
The most important aspect in the design of the Warragul home was to design the home as an allergy free home. Many people suffer from several different allergies and it is important for them to reduce their exposure to allergens. Materials and finishes specified by BP Architects, used in the construction of this home, contained low or zero levels of chemicals or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitting products.
‘I did not suffer from any allergic responses or chemical sensitivities on moving into our new home’. Bev May, Owner Warragul Home
According to a study of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), many new homes constructed in Melbourne or those that are recently renovated, have higher levels of pollutants inside the house than their exterior environment.
The Weather Conditions
The Warragul home is located in a suburban setting with views towards the Strzelecki ranges. Located in a temperate climate, the Warragul home was designed with sun shading and natural ventilation for summer cooling. Flexibility in the home design exists in the opening and closing doors to rooms and volumes within the home. High performance windows and high levels of insulation for winter warmth make the home a comfortable home all year round.
Designed as an energy efficient sustainable home, the airlock entry reduced unwanted hot air or cold air from entering the home. The airlock entry also provided a transition zone between the external environment and the safe haven of the interiors.
The Clients wanted a traditional brick veneer house and with the addition of clay roof tiles, the home took on a Mediterranean look.
The client said that the laundry was her favourite room. With glass doors and views to the garden, an abundance of day lighting and the clean aesthetic and functionally designed layout made it an ideal workspace. The reflection pool in the garden adds a calming influence to the surroundings.
House Size: 176.4sqm
- Low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials and products
- Easy to clean surfaces for dust removal
- Low electromagnetic radiation
- Air transfer ducts
- Thermal mass in the floor slab
- Tiled flooring
- High windows to exhaust hot air
- Rainwater tank
- On demand recirculating hot water ring
- Ceiling fans
- Sun shading
- Flexible spatial zoning
- Passive solar design
- North facing windows
- Secure night time exhausting hot air
- Cross ventilation
- Timber used for cupboards sourced from sustainable timber plantation