9 Star All The Way!
The ‘Satori’ home design boasts an incredible 9 Star Energy Rating.
Following the great success Geoff Gibson Homes’ experience since opening their 8 Star Energy Rated, Sustainable Display Home, it was only natural to continue the same winning formula in the new ‘The Satori’.
The ‘Satori’ boasts an impressive 9 Star energy rating and we believe this home to be even more sustainable.
2017 National Finalist
Geoff Gibson Homes’ The Satori has once again been recognised by it piers, this time making it to the National Final Of The HIA Greensmart Awards in two categories: Energy Efficiency and Display Home of the year.
This national finalist result places Geoff Gibson Homes right up with the best of them. This outcome ensures Geoff Gibson Homes continue to stay on the ‘cutting edge’ of the design and construction of new homes, allowing the Toowoomba housing industry to continue to lead the State in energy efficient homes.
The ‘Satori’ Story
Time was taken in selecting the building site, seeking to maximise the benefits of the home site’s orientation. A West-facing allotment allows the home design to maximise its northern sun exposure in Winter. Geoff Gibson Homes designed a floor plan based specifically on the site’s orientation, on the zoning of living areas, and also to minimise unwanted heat transfers (both heat loss and gain). Prioritising effective Summer air-flow and ventilation was also included.
Adaptability by Design
Another exciting new facet of ‘The Satori’ is its adaptability. Adaptability means your home is ready for your every stage of life. Attention was paid to ensure a step-free entrance from the garage, 870mm minimum width doors throughout, and with wider hallways. A step-free walk-in shower in the ensuite, and extra nogging in all bathroom and toilets walls (allowing for the installation of grip rails if and when required), together with light switches are set at 1100mm, are all investments in the home’s adaptability.
Many different building materials were considered, with a mind to both increase the thermal mass and enhance the home’s beauty. A fully framed and insulated home utilising recycled brick internal walls on the western, northern and eastern sides, and a brick external cladding with a Corten feature at the home’s front. To enhance the home we put a core-filled Sandstone block wall between the family and the theatre room, also significantly increasing the home’s ‘thermal mass’.
Selecting the right affordable glass was important. Because of Toowoomba’s cooler climate, reducing glass heat-loss in Winter is crucial. A 6mm Sunergy glass in a neutral colour was selected, allowing good light through the northern louvered sky-light windows, as well as deflecting Winter warmth back into the home.
Renewable Cypress Frames
As in all Geoff Gibson Homes, timber frames employ locally grown and milled cypress from a Government Certified Regrowth Forest. R2 high density insulation bats were used in the external walls, as well as between the garage and living areas, with R5 ceiling bats installed.
Being a display home we want to incorporate as many sustainable products in our finishings without restricting our market to other clients. Laminex products have been used in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry, with acrylic paint throughout, weather and breeze seals fitted to all external doors and to the door between the garage and living areas. Water heating is provided by an Apricus Solar Evacuated Tube hot water system with a manual electric booster. All lighting is efficient LED.