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Concept Building Design has struck a harmonious balance
between sustainability and functionality with the Green Pod.
throughout winter. The master bedroom is situated on
the east to make the most of the morning sun, while the
dining area is on the west allowing for meals by sunset.
Most of the rooms have exits to outside and many
have courtyards, allowing for lots of outdoor living.
The home also features two alfresco areas -- the summer
deck on the east and the winter deck on the west. These
areas will allow for year-round outdoor entertaining --
an uncommon novelty in Albany.
Due to its layout and orientation, the home will
also be able to operate without artificial heating or
cooling systems. The thermal quality of the roof, walls
and flooring will also be enhanced thanks to insulation.
Furthermore, products like rammed earth and natural
stone will be used so that any sun that is captured through
the north-facing windows won't be able to escape easily.
When it comes to building the home, as much as
possible, the Concept Building Design team has selected
materials made from renewable resources. That is,
materials that don't take massive amounts of embodied
energy to produce. Rammed earth will be used for
some of the walls not only for its good thermal mass but
because it involves minimal processing, and bamboo
has been chosen over jarrah for the flooring as it grows
back quicker. To simplify construction, Concept Building
Design has also minimised the number of di erent
With natural disasters like bushfires a stark reality, the
home has been designed to operate e ectively should
it ever be cut o from water, electricity and gas supplies.
Solar panels will be installed to generate electricity,
and there will be rainwater tanks and gas bottles so the
inhabitants will still be able to live and function as normal.
Finally, the Green Pod fulfils its brief of a 'streamlined'
design with contemporary styling and the absence of
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN has
been taken to a new level with the Green Pod.
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