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Alta Vista Drive

Architecture

Project Information

  • Total Lot Area = 202.91m2
  • Gross Floor Area =  202.63m2
  • Total Construction Area = 365.48m2
  • # of Storeys = 3
  • Turnover Date = Construction May 2012;
  • Retrofit (Solar PV w/ Net Metering) Sep 2014*

Residential

Amenities

  • Entry Porch, Living, Dining, Kitchen, Den w/ T&B,
  • Laundry/Recycling Area, Maids’ Rm & T&B
  • 2 Bedrooms w/ ensuites, Balcony, Open Deck
  • Roof Deck, Rain Water Cistern & Elevated Tank, Storage
  • Front garden for urban farming

Sustainability

Strategies

  • Green wall with horizontal louvers used as shading on the South-west facade
  • Light and air wells give access to natural light and cross ventilation for all rooms and main stairwell.
  • Energy efficient lamps and appliances
  • Solar Water Heater
  • Rainwater Cistern & Elevated Tank, and water efficient fixtures.
  • Low VOC paints
  • *Solar PV w/ net metering was installed in 2014

Benefits

  • Healthier, pleasant & comfortable interiors with natural light and cross ventilation.
    Front garden and grass pavers reduced urban heat island effect while providing source of edible plants.
  • Green wall provided sufficient shading of afternoon sun and provide further cooling due to evapo-transpiration.
  • Green wall likewise acts as a buffer of strong winds, dust, noise, rain, apart from solar heat gain.
  • Daylight from light wells and other fenestrations deem artificial light unnecessary during daytime.
  • With the provision of ceiling fans w/ lamps in the rooms, air conditioning is a necessity only during extremely warm and humid conditions
  • Rain water collected is used for irrigation and water efficient fixtures  result in reduced water bills
  • Energy efficient lamps and appliances and solar water heater result in reduced electric and water bills
  • The additional installation of solar pv for net metering further reduced electric bills
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