Lot 14 Riverside Ridge is a proposed sustainable home project located on the edge of the James Cook University grounds.
It features a large, comfortable solar powered home with easy access to James Cook University and the Townsville Hospital.
The home is also designed to cater for a range of internal layouts, providing flexibility and a range of economic opportunities, from home office to share accomodation.
If you have ever
wondered about sustainable development in Townsville, the Lot 14
Riverside Ridge proposal is about as good as it gets.
The Proposed Structure
The logic is simple: the world is dangerously addicted to fossil fuels.
While there is no immediate threat of the stuff running out, there are grave dangers associated with this addiction, in particular climate change and peak oil.
Climate change in Townsville means it gets hotter and drier.
Peak oil suggests that the price of oil will go up and up and up.
With these things in mind, it is appropriate to assist people to live with a minimal energy use, and for that energy to be clean and renewable.
This is achieved through energy efficient design and locating a home close to where people work, in this case, James Cook University or the Townsville Hospital.
The main structure is open plan incorporating lounge, dining, kitchen and outdoor deck and maybe even a mezzanine floor.
Below this structure is a large undercroft with a bike rack and mabe even table tennis.
The other structure structure has two storeys comprising either:
- 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus 3 powder rooms
- an office, master bedroom with ensuite, and four other bedrooms
Beneath the bedrooms are four car parking spaces, each with a power point to charge an electric car.
For this reason, Lot 14 Riverside Ridge has been designed to be extremely energy efficient.
First, the house will have a light coloured roof.
Light coloured roofs reflect heat, reducing the amount of heat that enters the home.
Second, the design allows the natural breeze in to the building.
Natural breezes provides passive cooling and greatly reduces the need for air conditioning.
The site is well located to catch the breezes, facing the north east and at an elevation of 40 metres above sea level.
Appropriate insulation is used in the ceiling and walls and solar film is used on western facing windows.
Landscaping will be integrated with the design to ensure the building is cool.
Have them on standby but design circumstances so that they are not needed.
In Lot 14 Riverside Ridge, the bedrooms are air conditioned, but should not need the A/C switched on too often.
The A/C system proposed is very efficient and flexible.
The open plan living area need not be air conditioned, although it can be if desired.
Solar PV allows the building to produce all its own energy requirments from the sun.
The roofspace above the bedrooms is appropriately angled to capture maximum sunlight over the year and is large enough to hold a 6kW PV system which will produce on average 36kWh per day.
Note: the elevations between 41.5 and 34 metres above sea level.
Seen from the East
Seen from the South
Seen from the West
looking straight up
Bedroom Option 1 and Open Plan Living Area
Bedroom Option 2 and Open Plan Living Area
Carport and Undercroft
Bedroom Floors and Carport
Open Plan Living Area and Undercroft
The pictures is about
three years old and the red X marks to approximate location of
14 Riverside Ridge.
Riverside Ridge indicated by red 'X'
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