Our first ever hybrid home open house

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Designs, Performance

It has been a long time coming, but we finally held our first ever open house event for our hybrid home in Castlemaine on the 12th November 2022.

More than 50 people as well as the Outlier and Ecowise Home team came together on site at our Lyttleton project to hear about the hybrid home methodology and see the unique design and construction details first hand.

WHAT IS A HYBRID HOME?

What we are doing in our design process is incorporating a wide range of high performance details and design principles for the best possible performance outcome. The advantage of this approach is that it is completely customisable to our client’s budgets. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all” solution.

We look at all the factors of a build, like orientation, building site, climate data, and property conditions, client’s budget and most importantly, their individual needs and wants for their home. Based on that input, we then come up with a design that incorporates all of these aspects. The goal is always to have the highest possible performance, but based on circumstance, location, individual preferences, and budget – without the constraints of a standardised performance specification and acknowledging the diminishing return on investment.

DATA IS BEAUTIFUL

We are certainly not just guessing – we are actually testing the performance of the hybrid home. It all starts with a preliminary energy rating assessment, which we do inhouse for all our projects. We basically put in all the details of the build, so wall thickness, glazing ratio, type of windows, etc., literally a virtual model of the home. This gives us a great indication of the heating and cooling load for a house in a certain climate zone.

From that theoretical assessment before the house is built, we then take it to the practical side of things, and actually test the house once it is under construction.

This is done via our beloved blower door test, that checks how airtight a house is, so how much air is escaping the inside. We also use our thermal camera to inspect potential thermal bridges, and visual inspections to check on other important details, such as the airtightness.

LIVE BLOWER DOOR TEST

What better way to showcase the performance of our hybrid home than to perform an actual live blower door test in front of the crowd? That’s why we closed al the doors and windows and had our own Brad from the Outlier Research team set up the red door of truth. The result was an amazing 0.4 ACH at 50 Pascals. That is below passive house standard.

The result was an amazing 0.4 ACH at 50 Pascals.

Browse through the gallery below to see some impressions from our hybrid home.

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