narara eco village
Since 2014, Graham has been working with the community at Narara Eco Village; initially by providing NatHERS assessment of proposed cluster housing and then working closely with the community to develop their
This resulted in a spreadsheet tool that community members can use to assess the sustainability of their proposed designs against a range of measures - energy and water efficiency, thermal comfort, environmental impact, health and amenity.
The community is now building their first houses. Prior to the establishment of DHW, Graham was involved in the design of 4 houses one of which was done in collaboration with Mitsuru Delisle and is now built. DHW is currently involved in the design of 4 more houses which are to be part of the village and we are just about to start work on the design of the first common house for the village.
The common house will act as a central meeting point for the neighbourhood that makes up the first stage of the village. It is where community members can come to have shared meals together and a place for shared social events.
All of the houses will achieve high environmental performance with minimum 7 star NatHERS rating, use of recycled and rainwater systems, thermally efficient construction systems and use of natural materials such as cement soil bricks and recycled timbers. All will be fitted with photo-voltaic systems producing electricity which will feed into the village’s smart grid.