- Client: Psaros
- Type: Residential
- Location: The Springs – Rivervale, Perth
- Date: October 2013
- Estimated Lifespan: 150 years
- LCA authored by Henrique Mendonca from Cerclos
With views towards the hills, the city and overlooking the Swan River, Flo by Psaros is well positioned to become an important part of Perth’s eastern gateway rejuvenation masterplan. The Springs Project by Landcorp will transform the Rivervale area into a vibrant riverside community, and with Flo’s proximity to both the river and the city, this large scale sustainable development will no doubt be in great demand.
Higher density is a big part of the Springs Rivervale project. Flo by Psaros achieved a fantastic 150 years design life by slotting 86 apartments into an architecturally designed five-storey development.
Using all the available roof space to generate clean energy on site is becoming a trademark of Psaros’ sustainable developments.
- Installing up to 180 kW solar photovoltaics will generate on site electricity, providing all apartments with up to 2kW and the remaining going to common areas of the building including lighting, lift and car park ventilation.
- Energy from the sun will be used to heat the water for domestic use and a gas boost will be used during the cloudy days with each apartment having an independent gas meter.
- The swimming pool will also be heated with a dedicated solar heating system.
- Solar Energy design consideration at Flo by Psaros will dramatically reduce costs for the occupants and reduce the environmental impact of building operations.
Intelligent building controls
Electricity monitoring will provide each apartment with the ability to preview their electricity use online, helping occupants to conserve energy and save money on electricity bills.
Motion sensors will reduce lighting at common areas and the use of CO sensors to reduce car park ventilation by running fans only when required.
- Low embodied carbon design using Bubbledeck to minimise use of concrete in all elevated floors, and bamboo flooring.
- Cabinetry with well ventilated fridge space to increase the efficiency of the condenser and reduce fridge energy use.
- Internal clothes line to reduce reliance of dryer.
- High efficiency air conditioners.
- High efficiency lift with regenerative drive and standby controls for lighting and ventilation
The assessment was undertaken comparing the Concept Design against a Reference Case, or Business as Usual. The Business as Usual is a code compliant / standard practice version of the design and represents expected normal industry practice, code compliant energy efficiency and construction techniques and common materials selection.
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