ECO PROPERTY FEATURE - 9 NEEDLEBUSH DRIVE HAYBOROUGH

DESIGNED FOR LIFESTYLE                                          

This beautiful home is a unique contemporary three-bedroom architectural home built in 2010 which offers great energy efficient features for sustainable living and a fantastic lifestyle within the exclusive “Beyond Today” Eco Development only 500 m to the beach.

 

This beautiful design provides a comfortable and healthy environment and offers the following features:

·         Open plan living with cathedral ceiling has peaceful outlook onto the large outdoor verandah entertainment area with northern aspect

·         Covered decking area with all connections available to install an outdoor kitchen

·         A dream space for a Chef, the modern kitchen is literally the centre of the home and has 5 burner gas stove, electrical oven, exhaust hood, double space for fridge, Westinghouse dishwasher, plenty of bench space, walk-in pantry and soft touch drawers -  great space for the Chef in the family

·         Spacious parent’s retreat overlooking small private courtyard has large ensuite and dressing room

·         Bedroom 2 and 3 both have built-in-robes and easy access to the main bathroom that includes powder room, separate toilet, shower and bath.  Bedroom 2 / Study has a great outlook onto the Community Garden and Wetlands

·         The laundry has easy access to the back garden and clothes line; also adjacent is a separate toilet and basin.

·         Large double garage has room for bench space and built-ins for storage. Easy maintenance native garden and small lawn area for extra green space.

 

Other features include a 1.5 kW photovoltaic solar energy system, gas boosted Solar Hot Water, and a rainwater tank holding 25,000 Lt of water. For extra comfort in summer enjoy ducted evaporative system, and in winter you benefit from the natural heat generated by the hydronic underfloor heating system. 

The home is highly insulated with R4 in the ceiling and R2 in internal and external walls.   One of the important features is the secluded and private paved outdoor connected to the open plan living area by bi-fold doors, ideal for entertainment and outdoors lifestyle.  This home is ready for you to enjoy!

SMART HOME VISION @ NORWOOD SHOPPING CENTRE

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT - DONE THE RIGHT WAY

Your Investment Asset Deserves the Best!

 

Come and learn more about the property market and meet us at the

Norwood Place Shopping Centre (Foodland)

Wednesday 8th June

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

http://www.theparadenorwood.com/visit

Come say hello and enter the draw to win a Gift Basket Prize full of

delicious local goodies!

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For further information call

Sylvie on 0411 191 005

Sylvie

SMART HOME VISION...your Property Management Specialists

SOLD IN JUST ONE WEEK!

17 ABBOTSBURY PLACE
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WE SOLD THIS PERFECT ECO URBAN RETREAT JUST MINUTES TO CITY IN ONLY ONE WEEK!

"Thank you Sylvie and the team from Smart Home Vision for your friendly support, attention to detail, professional and ethical approach. 'Sylvie sold our house at the first open, thank you Sylvie for your integrity and expert guidance, it made selling our house a stress free experience". Carine

 

 

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Image by laura vanags photography

Would you like to know where your property sits on the market?
What improvements may be helpful in the sale or rental of your property?
How we can guide you through the process of making the best real estate decisions that suit your personal needs?

We can provide you a FREE complimentary appraisal – no pressure and no hard sell.
Just great results.

Call Sylvie Clarke now on 0411 191 005 and experience our friendly customer services. 

Home assessment for Energy Rating

A home sustainability assessment can help to identify where you can make the biggest energy and water savings in your home and save money.

The assessment will involve an inspection of major energy and water systems—heating and cooling, lighting, refrigeration, cooking, and entertainment systems.
The assessor may look at your previous energy bills and will examine water efficiency (indoors and outdoors). This information is entered into an assessment tool to give you a tailored report for your home. Home assessments usually only take an hour or two depending on how much information you can supply, the size of your property and the number of energy and water systems you have.

When choosing an assessor check they're accredited.  Accredited Assessors should be qualified and experienced building performance professionals.  Their focus is making a difference to improve built environment outcomes.  

How much does a HERS building thermal performance assessment costs?  
The type and complexity of the building design will determine the cost – for example it can range from $200 - $400 for a standard building design and $400 - $1500+ for a more complex building design.
You should also find out what topics are covered in the home assessment and the level of advice you'll receive in the report. Your assessor should take into account the local climate as well as your specific circumstances. Standard topics include:
•    thermal rating
•    energy usage
•    water usage
•    household waste
•    advice on the costs of improvements & government legislation on related issues.

Your assessor may also be able to provide information about rebates for implementing improvements in your home. Do your research as some banking institutions provide special low cost loans to their customers to enable them to take practical action to save energy and money. Follows our steps to getting a home assessment to ensure you gain the best value from your home assessment.

Ref:  
http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/energy/energy-efficient-living/home-assessment
http://www.absa.net.au/accreditation/find-an-assessor

Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, hence reducing cost of living.

Passive design reduces or eliminates the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, hence reducing cost of living.

WHAT IS URBAN PERMACULTURE?

Urban Permaculture is a method that combines scientific knowledge and art to create agriculturally productive ecosystems that sustain and regenerate natural resources in an urban setting.  

The goal of permaculture is to create human settlements that meet humanity's basic needs by providing clean water, healthy food, shelter, community and energy.  

Mollison has said: "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system."[4]

Twelve design principles

Twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:[15]

1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.

2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.

3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.

4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.

5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.

6. Produce no waste: By making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.

7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.

8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop  between those things and they work together to support each other.

9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.

10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by care fully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Ref:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/

 

 

Eco System Health Indicators

Ecosystem health indicators assess how an ecosystem functions

Environmental indicators have been defined as physical, chemical, biological or socio-economic measures that best represent the key elements of a complex ecosystem or environmental issue.  For an indicator to be effective it must provide a true measure of a component of the ecosystem

A great way to measure the health of our ecosystem is to monitor the health of our water ways and wetlands.  When we think of wetlands we often think of the local swamp or low lying area near the coast, but wetlands are much more than that.   Swamps, marshes, billabongs, lakes, salt marshes, mudflats, mangroves, coral reefs, fens and peat bogs are wetlands.   We have great examples of that on the Fleurieu Peninsula including between Victor Harbor and Port Elliot.

Almost anywhere that can be wet is a wetland, as long as it has plants, animals or soil types that are adapted to wet conditions.  Scientist who study the health of the eco system will be monitoring those particular areas such as wetlands and waterways. If there are pollutants and invasive non-native flora and fauna, the eco system suffers.  Since we are part of this eco system for our own needs such as fresh water, food, quality air etc.., our own health suffer if the eco system is unhealthy.  So it is vital that we nurture and treasure our environment for our own good and those of future generations.

Eco Paints

Traditional household paints contain toxic chemicals that are released into the air for years after application, called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) (1) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air. For example, formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint, has a boiling point of only –19 °C (–2 °F).

VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. They include both human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Most scents or odours are of VOCs. VOCs play an important role in communication between plants, and messages from plants to animals. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Anthropogenic VOCs are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest. Harmful VOCs typically are not acutely toxic, but have compounding long-term health effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, research into VOCs and their effects is difficult.

So what to do, well you may check some companies that supply paints with low or no VOCs.   One example among many is a company called “ecolour” and it is an Australian manufacturer who supplies climate friendly synthetic paint.  For further information check http://www.ecolour.com.au/pages/about-us/

Eco Friendly Building Materials

DID YOU KNOW YOUR WALLS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR UP TO 50% OF YOUR HEATING AND COOLING LOSS?

Your energy bills are out of control. You don’t have to be a greenie to realise you need an energy efficient home to maintain a comfortable sustainable living standard!

The most important part of insulating a home, after the roof, is the external walls. Choose the wrong walls and you’ll be shivering through every winter and sweltering through every Aussie heat wave.

So how can one stay comfortable, cut energy bills, help the environment and still keep build budget under control? The answer is Green Cladding. Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one.

There are smart ways to build - Key green building strategies include water and energy efficiency, sourcing sustainable products and materials and using renewable energy.   The choice in building materials will depend on location, climate and even size and orientation of the land...  For instance, lightweight materials (e.g. fibre cement vs bricks) cost less to transport, they require much less concrete in slab construction and make more sense for an elevated home on a sloping block.

Key factors that make an eco-friendly building materials are:

  1. Sustainable source (recycled) and embodied energy (how much energy used to make the product)
  2. Insulation properties to reduce energy use to heat and cool
  3. Longetivity – consideration made to water resistance, mould,  rot inhibition and general endurance
  4. Disposal and recycling

E.G. – “Thermal wall cladding eco series”

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SA Homes & Sustainable Energy Options

Environmental sustainability, global warming, renewable energy are all terms thrown around in our day and age!  But what do they actually all mean for us in terms of our lifestyle choices and way of living when it comes to considering your first, second, third home or possibly a property investment.  As a consumer of energy I consider what are the alternative options to reduce my energy bills???  Especially with the deregulated SA energy market and rising electricity and gas costs!!

First the building and trade industry is evolving their techniques to minimize costs and impact on the surrounding environment when constructing new buildings with the materials they use, designs and implementation.  It is important to know that in September 2010 there was an amendment to the Development Act 1993 stating that all new homes and extensions built in South Australia needed to achieve a 6-star level energy efficiency rating.

The changes are significantly prevalent for SA since improvements on appropriate insulation and sealing mitigate typical heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.  The amount of energy loss is astounding as shown from the diagrams below:

Solar energy is a hot topic as well when considering alternative ways of generating electricity in the home.  The government subsidies and rebates along with retail rebates have literally dried up!  The only incentive after buying a $7 - 10,000 5kW solar system is the possibility of a 6 – 8 c/kwh rebate on what you export into the grid, if you’re lucky.  So what are the options?  Well not all is lost for those homes that use their electricity mostly during the day.  The reason being is you can utilise your solar generation in real time.  This is a much better option than paying 26 c/kwh electricity rates or receiving a 6 – 8 c/kwh rebate for exporting to the grid.

Further to that, there are up and coming solutions with solar storage.  The current options are off-grid battery banks or a smart programmable-hybrid approach of both battery and grid connection.

The off-grid system, as termed, is purely utilising the solar in real time and the batteries when the system is not generating power from the sun.  On the other hand, the programmable system maximises energy efficiency and return by utilising the solar system and batteries when electricity is at peak rates and grid vice versa.  I recommend all viewers to check out this TED talk on new battery developments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sddb0Khx0yA, it’s definitely an eye opener on the future of self-sustaining electricity generation in the home.

An example of a solar storage system is shown below:

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A quote that comes to mind is by Buckminster Fuller, “The Best way to PREDICT the FUTURE is to DESIGN IT”.  If each person played a part in designing a sustainable and ecologically friendly home, then it’s a small step and investment in the right direction for future generations to come

Stay tune for more in October’s blog as we delve into the world of wind power and recycled building materials.

References

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/water-energy-and-environment/energy/saving-energy-at-home/energy-efficient-home-design/Six-star-energy-efficiency-requirements

http://www.solarchoice.net.au/

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Smart Home Vision sells 10 Sandland Street Goolwa South SA 5214

Smart Home Vision recently sold this fantastic 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property in Goolwa South.

If you are interested in buying or selling with Smart Home Vision then contact us.

Llama Blue

Llamablue specialises in Squarespace and provides web design, web hosting, online stores and SEO strategies for businesses in and around Australia, USA, UK, Europe and internationally. Llamablue hosts customer websites in Australia - Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and now in the USA. We are expanding rapidly and can help you wherever you are based. So let's talk.

Some Easy Steps for Eco Friendly Homes

Consider Starting a Composting Pile

Compost is essential for a home garden. Although it can be purchased relatively inexpensively at your local garden centre, it is still cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to make it at home.

Recycling all of the fruit and vegetable scraps will not only make gardeners more aware of what is going into the soil as fertiliser, it will also mean that they are doing their part in reducing the amount of waste the household produces each week. Using something that is literally rubbish to make something instead of buy it is a great decision for both gardeners and the planet.

The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is an eco-sensitive environment. On beaches such as Middleton , Goolwa and Hayborough, sensitive habitats maintain both endangered bird species and plants that survive in this particular environment. Anything that can be done to reduce reuse and recycle is recommended as a Smart home idea. 

The Fleurieu Peninsula has a great deal of sandy loams so for best garden results create your own eco friendly compost

The Fleurieu Peninsula has a great deal of sandy loams so for best garden results create your own eco friendly compost

Solar to Heat Your Water

An excellent eco-friendly home tip is to use solar water heating systems in your home. The sun offers us plenty of free energy for the taking. This will save money on electricity bills and perhaps more importantly, reduce the amount of coal required by power stations to supply energy. This means that there will be less pollution overall and should be part of any eco-friendly home checklist.

Each little change on the Fleurieu Peninsula adds up over time to reduce the household’s impact on the South Coast. We can work together as a community to provide better homes that are much more eco-conscious.

Solar water heating comes in a lot of different and now advanced formats for eco homes

Solar water heating comes in a lot of different and now advanced formats for eco homes

Adding Solar Panels Is A Must

If you live on the Fleurieu Peninsula and are serious about making eco-friendly home decisions then you can use solar energy to completely replace your electricity in your home. While it seems an expensive investment, it can pay itself off within a matter of a few years in climates that receive a minimum of six hours of sunlight most days of the year.

Solar panels have gone down in price in recent years (by about two thirds!) as the demand for these types of eco-efficient products has steadily increased and the competition to install has risen.

Recycling and repurposing items will help families save money and save landfill space which is becoming scarce in today’s consumerism driven society. Although it may not seem like the eco-friendly efforts are worth much, each small action helps us preserve our fragile environment.

Thanks to http://www.igozen.com for help on this news item.

 

Solar Panels are now relatively cost effective and extremely positive for our environment

Solar Panels are now relatively cost effective and extremely positive for our environment

Eco development - what to look for

Eco development on the Fleurieu and in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide

Always wondering what to consider in an eco development. Here's what the Beyond development in Hayborough, South Australia came up with as the principles that guided it's development.

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Imagine! A sweltering summer's day...

Your home stays cool naturally!

Imagine! A chilly winter's day...
Your home stays warm naturally!

Energy-efficient, economically sensible homes require little or no artificial heating or cooling assistance to make you comfortable.

Beyond Today's design guidelines have been produced to give every homeowner the best practical guidance for achieving highest sun-given energy efficiency benefits through:

  • placement of windows
  • orientation of living areas
  • thermal mass for internal walls and floors
  • external shading
  • landscaping
  • freedom from overshadowing from neighbours

Other guidelines explain how to provide healthy, cooling natural ventilation to all rooms; how to keep in warmth during winter and expel unwanted heat during summer; how to conserve water and power; how to avoid materials that cause ill-health; and much more.

Some fantastic tools can be found on the web that can assist you in finding the best products to help you achieve a high level of sustainability within your home. A few of the sites we use commonly at Beyond are:

Ecospecifier: is an award winning knowledge base of over 3500 environmentally preferable building materials and technologies. 
ecospecifier.com.au

Window Energy Rating Scheme: WERS residential is designed to look specifically at window ratings to improve the comfort of homes. 
wers.net

Water Efficiency Labelling & Standards: The WELS Scheme labels a range of products for water efficiency, helping Australian households to save water and money. 
www.waterrating.gov.au

Choice: And in particular Choice Green, where consumers can find products and services that are better for the environment and still do the job well. 
www.choice.com.au

Design Guidelines

Beyond Today's design guidelines cover every aspect of home building with special emphasis on how to reduce spending through energy use. There are simple, practical, financially sensible ways to make a house energy efficient, provided they are put in place at the design stage.

A well designed, energy efficient home is an investment in the future. The guidelines ensure that each home is well built, long lasting, and will improve in value while costing less to live in.

The Beyond team have produced easy to understand design guidelines covering:

  • orientation to winter sun
  • optimal placement of windows for light, winter warmth and summer breezes
  • external shading for summer coolness
  • zero overshadowing from neighbours
  • indoor/outdoor living area linkage
  • solar hot water supply
  • solar energy supply
  • thermal mass for heat conduction
  • materials with lowest toxicity and lowest environmental impact
  • rainwater harvesting

The design guidelines will ensure that all houses built within Beyond meet high standards, giving you confidence in knowing what can and cannot be built around you, providing the greatest potential for strong capital growth.