picture: Diagram of the concealed gutter system. tectonica-online metadossier

picture: Diagram of the concealed gutter system. [T]tectonica-online

Spring Creek House    Way to big - but like the orientation of the house - front and back

Spring Creek House Way to big - but like the orientation of the house - front and back

exterior wood slats are western red cedar stained with Sikkens SRD in mahogany. The windows are Weathershield aluminum exterior and clear pine interior

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The owner says the covered outdoor area shown here is ‘great for entertaining’. A pergola runs the length of one side of the home with wisteria and passionfruit vines, which are part of the passive design. ‘It’s a deciduous vine –– in other words it loses its leaves in winter so it lets the sun shine through, but in summer it has this rich crop of beautiful flowers and leaves to provide shade,’ Mr. Zaat says.

A Passive Solar Design in Australia

The owner says the covered outdoor area shown here is ‘great for entertaining’. A pergola runs the length of one side of the home with wisteria and passionfruit vines, which are part of the passive design. ‘It’s a deciduous vine –– in other words it loses its leaves in winter so it lets the sun shine through, but in summer it has this rich crop of beautiful flowers and leaves to provide shade,’ Mr. Zaat says.

This modern country home sits on a coastal ridgeline in a small village in far north New South Wales state. Owner John Zaat, an architect who designed the house, purchased the land and built it in 1998.

A Passive Solar Design in Australia

This modern country home sits on a coastal ridgeline in a small village in far north New South Wales state. Owner John Zaat, an architect who designed the house, purchased the land and built it in

Mr. Zaat says he adopted a passive solar design, which includes thick concrete internal walls and well insulated external walls, and ceiling fans throughout the home. ‘The main house is a concrete slab on the ground with a tile finish, so you get heat transferred to and from the ground,’ he says. There is also a separate guesthouse.

A Passive Solar Design in Australia

Mr. Zaat says he adopted a passive solar design, which includes thick concrete internal walls and well insulated external walls, and ceiling fans throughout the home. ‘The main house is a concrete slab on the ground with a tile finish, so you get heat transferred to and from the ground,’ he says. There is also a separate guesthouse.


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