Lot 2 Periwinkle Avenue, The Cape
The Sociable Weaver Display Home, proposed for Lot 2 Periwinkle Avenue, Cape Peterson has undergone a life cycle design process. The Sociable Weaver is a design and building company committed to reinventing our built environment in a way that enhances individual wellbeing, strengthens communities and promotes environmental sustainability.
The results of the Life Cycle Assessment demonstrated a 103% savings when compared to business as usual, code compliant practices. Environmental design initiatives in the project are summarised in the table below.
- Client: Sociable Weaver: A partnership between Small Giants & Martin Builders.
- Location: Bass Coast of Victoria – Australia
- Date: August 2016
The key result of the whole of building Life Cycle Assessment is a figure of -124 kg CO2-e per year per occupant. Please note LCA measures impact so a negative number is the ‘beneficial’ side of carbon performance, meaning the design will provide a carbon improvement over its life – Carbon Positive.
It is observed through the LCA modeling that the following areas have the greatest impact to the overall environmental footprint of the building:
This assessment is based on an estimated building service life of 115 years and a predicted average occupancy of 3.2 people. Extended predicted design life was a combination of future-proof very high quality design combined with low redevelopment potential from being located on a low density region. Higher occupancy was achieved with 4 bedrooms on a total 131m2 of fully enclosed area.
On site renewable electricity generation
It’s estimated the rooftop 5kW Solar PV system will get replaced four times over the life of the building. However, the substantially reduced “Operational Impact” due to the renewable energy input offsets this increased “Embodied Impact” many times over during its design life.
The main advantage of a solar system in Australia is that it offsets carbon intensive grid electricity. The system will produce excess clean electricity which will generate carbon credits to offset impacts associate with materials and recurring impacts, resulting in a positive whole of building whole of life carbon performance.
This assessment was conducted by Tom Beckerling and certified by Gabby Shaw from eTool.