How can a two for one suburban infill site  be developed to make a positive contribution to the quality of the neighbourhood, achieve higher environmental standards and support innovation?

Our targeted Dover Gardens site is well located for transport, employment and services.  Our design innovations are relatively simple:

  • thoughtful interfaces of the two private dwellings;
  • passive solar design to improve energy efficiency, comfort and long-term affordability;
  • addressing privacy and noise via careful planning;
  • maximise daylight and cross ventilation
  • providing opportunities for shared resources; and
  • designing efficient internal floorplans.
  • Energy efficiency internally and externally so that a seven star efficiency rating can be achieved.

A ten star energy rating but at what cost?

A ten star energy rating was possible but expensive.  Because one of the homes was intended to be sold, we were keen to factor an affordable sale price into the equation.  In this instance we were unable to get the balance right – we could not build a home which met Council requirements as well as one which achieved the energy standard we wanted, without construction costs being too high.  If the site was larger and we were constructing more homes, or in a circumstance where shared resources could have been tried, we may have been able to strike the balance between price, energy efficiency and community.  As it stands, we concluded that two-for-one inner suburban infill requires strategic input from government (in order to package several lots so that whole neighbourhoods – or at least precincts, can be re-designed) before developers can achieve significant innovation, energy efficiency AND affordability.

The detail on the floorplan and elevation is on our website.