As the world around us changes, more attention has turned to the environment and how our homes and lifestyles affect our planet.
But building an energy efficient home is more than just doing your “bit” for the environment.
There are long-lasting benefits to living in an energy efficient home — in addition to minimising your footprint on the planet — your home will be more comfortable, cheaper to run and healthier for you and your family.
At Hamlan we have made it a priority to build more energy efficient homes adding a range of energy saving features to our homes, some of which are standard inclusions that come with every Hamlan home.
And now our newest display home — the Cumberland 266 at Gen Fyansford — showcases all our energy efficiency features in one home.
What comes standard?
Energy efficiency is an important element of your design process — by being clever in the design of your home, you’ll not only consume less energy and lower your bills, but you’ll have a more comfortable home all year round.
Firstly, all our designs have the ability to be adapted to suit the orientation of your block to take advantage of the northern sun. Orientation is important to create a more energy-efficient home that is warm in winter and cool in summer. By making the most of your block and your home’s orientation you can save on heating and cooling costs.
Secondly, every Hamlan home comes complete with the Solar ChargePack including Tesla Powerwall, which is a customised solar-plus-battery solution.
We are very proud to be the first Geelong builder to offer the Tesla Powerwall with backup as part of our standard inclusions.
With Powerwall you can store solar energy generated during the day for use any time. During the day, the sun shines on your solar panels, charging your battery. At night, your home draws electricity from your battery to power your home with sustainable energy. The solar system that comes standard with a Hamlan home is a 5.18kW system, which includes 14 solar panels, solar edge inverter and the Tesla Powerwall with backup.
Thirdly, every Hamlan home comes with double-glazed windows and doors. Double glazing is an easy way to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home — ultimately saving you money and adding value to your home.
New display: the ultimate energy efficient home
Hamlan’s Cumberland 266 display at Gen Fyansford showcases all our energy efficiency upgrades in one beautiful home.
This home includes thermally broken window frames, which minimise the transfer of cool air that occurs through standard aluminium windows and door frames. Thermally broken window systems separate the external and internal frame using a non-metallic or plastic material that reduces the transfer of atmospheric conditions of the home and improves the efficiency of windows further.
Another feature of this home includes an upgraded wall wrap to Solitex Extasana.
Building a home with an effective air barrier around the outside of the frame minimises the air leakage of a home, will reduce the cost of energy bills and make the home more comfortable for the residents.
Wrap installed around the frame of a new home is designed to make the home weather-tight and reduce the heat gain of a home. Insulation is installed before the home’s plaster is installed which further improves the home’s heat gain and loss.
Building a home with an effective wrap around the outside of the house is one step to building a tight home, but a vapour permeable barrier installed inside the home can stop moisture leaking from the home into the insulation, which can cause mould and lead to health issues for the residence.
The combination of a vapour permeable barrier, external wrap and insulation massively improves the performance and comfort of a home.
The Cumberland 266 display also features a heat recovery mechanical ventilation system.
If you build a tightly wrapped home it’s important to have a system to ventilate the home to ensure healthy air and also regulate the temperature.
A heat recovery ventilation system installed into the ceiling of a home, removes air from the rooms and brings fresh air from outside. The home can stay comfortable and warm in winter and cool in summer with this system and is able to regulate the temperature inside the home. When the internal air of a home has a high relative humidity and comes into contact with a cooler surface, i.e. glazing or an internal corner, condensation can build up leading to mould. Ventilation solves the mould issue by bringing fresh air into the home which keeps
moisture out of the air.
And lastly, this new display features a Stiebel Eltron heat-pump hot water system. This system converts energy stored in the air into energy used to heat the hot water for your home.
These systems use approximately 60 per cent to 70 per cent less than an electric hot water system and can use your solar electricity to run the system reducing year-round energy requirements.
Hamlan is committed to building more energy efficient homes — homes that not only minimise the impact on the environment but create comfortable, mindful spaces for our clients. We offer a range of energy efficiency features as standard inclusions however our newest display, the Cumberland 266 at Gen Fyansford, showcases upgraded features for the ultimate sustainable home.
This home features our new sustainable building back, which includes:
- Stiebel Eltron heat recovery mechanical ventilation unit- VCR 180MC model
- Blower door test and report
- Upgraded wall wrap to Solitex Extasana
- Sealing of bottom plate to slab
- Taping of wall wrap to external doors and windows
- Quality assurance inspection before brick and plasterwork