House design an Oasis in the Pilbara

Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls yesterday announced the winners of a competition that encouraged builders and architects to collaborate and design new homes for specific climate zones.

Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls yesterday announced the winners of a competition that encouraged builders and architects to collaborate and design new homes for specific climate zones.

The LandCorp Regional Environmental Affordable Living (REAL) Challenge aimed to solve the housing affordability and climate problems that are present in the State’s Pilbara, Kimberley and South-West regions.

The Oasis design, submitted by Copraxis Architects and Samson Homes, emerged as the winning entry from the mining-heavy Pilbara region.

The house’s plan allows for cross breezes to most spaces during good weather periods and the zoning allows for the building to be shut down in very hot periods, with the shutters reducing the heat load on the house.

The house also features weather sealed windows, deep eaves and a landscape plan with 80% local native plant species, vegetable gardens, composting and a low-water lawn.

Rainwater harvesting and a grey water system were also included in the design.

“Entrants were required to design a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that could be sold within a set affordability range,” Grylls said.

“They also had to meet sustainability and design criteria such as a minimum six-star energy efficiency rating, minimal mechanical heating and cooling and local cooling breezes and natural ventilation.

The Minister presented all shortlisted finalists with certificates and cheques for $15,000.

The winners of a People’s Choice Award for each region will each receive a further $20,000.

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