Grocon today announced plans for Australia’s first ‘Passive House’ apartment building to be developed within the Carlton Brewery site.
Delta, as it will be known, will be carbon neutral and built entirely from timber, based on the ‘Passive House’ standard well-known throughout Europe.
Grocon previously developed the Pixel building; currently Australia’s greenest building with a perfect score of 105 from the Green Building Council of Australia.
David Waldren, Grocon general manager Carlton Brewery, said the company now wanted to take the next step, by making the same thinking behind the Pixel building available to home owners.
Mr Waldren said the concept behind the ‘Passive House’ is to achieve the best indoor standard of heating and cooling possible – but captured in the way the house is designed and manufactured, rather than through the use of gas or electricity.
“A ‘Passive House’ needs very little energy to achieve a high level of comfort and heats and cools itself,” he said.
“It has an airtight building envelope, is very well-insulated and the timber window frames feature triple glazing.”
Mr Waldren said the Delta building would be designed to be ten storeys high, with 50 apartments.