A Sustainable Community
The Green Swing is a made up of a group of committed and forward-thinking Perth residents who set out to build three low carbon homes on the same plot of land, creating a low carbon & sustainable community. Their goal is to create small scale inner city living environments in Perth which:
- Are the most sustainable;
- Promote community feel and encourage creativity;
- Are of high quality;
- Become a showcase for future increased density sustainable development; and
- Generate interest and inspire real change.
The Green Swing engaged eTool to conduct full life cycle assessments on all three of their buildings in Lathlain and the buildings performed exceptionally and sustainability incorporated into the design from the very beginning was evident. This case study is a profile of the best of the three buildings.
Low Carbon Structure
The building was designed with low embodied structure materials including straw bale walls, recycled bricks and timber.
The three homes are significantly more dense than the surrounding suburb, meaning that there is less likelihood of the developments being demolished in the future.
An exceptional thermal performance means that there is no requirement for cooling and/or heating of the building.
A solar PV system allows for renewable energy generation, with excess generation fed into the grid, offsetting coal-fired electricity.
This assessment was conducted by Rich