Strine Environments

Media Release: Strine Environments to reveal new Solstice House design in time for the Winter Solstice

Strine Environments, the leading sustainable design and construction company, will on Sunday 21 June reveal its newest design, Solstice House, to coincide with the 2015 Winter Solstice.

Located in Arndell Street in the Canberra suburb of Macquarie, the Solstice House is an architecturally-designed sustainable living solution and ideal for those looking to downsize or make use of limited land or budget.

The ACT Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman MLA, will officially declare the house open at 12 noon.

The house integrates design excellence with sustainability, using precast concrete and environmental construction as the lucore element of the building process and as a result, lowers the running and maintenance cost for occupiers compared with a standard home.

Using the principles of passive solar design, as well as a range of unique products and techniques, Strine homes maintain an average of 22˚C all year round – eliminating the need for excessive and costly heating and cooling usage.

Ric Butt, Principal Architect and Director of Strine Environments, has pioneered environmental sustainability practice in design and construction in Australia and says it is now easier for Australians to live comfortably in extreme weather climates.

“The passive solar design used in the construction of our homes virtually eliminates the need for heating and cooling within the building. We achieve this by using thermal mass, such as concrete walls and floors, and by thermal-coupling the floor slab to the infinite mass of the earth below.

“This means that on a winter’s day, our homes heat up naturally and the heat is carried overnight and a comfortable temperature is retained. Likewise, in the warmer months, the slight change in flooring temperature means the interior of the house remains at a pleasant, cooler temperate than outside.

“Running a house is costly – and households know that most of that cost is a result of high energy bills. Our homes are designed to run at a significantly lower cost, both financially and environmentally, than standard homes, meaning occupiers can live comfortably knowing they are reducing their environmental footprint and saving money.”

Solstice House is located at 49 Arndell Street, Macquarie and will be open from 11am on Sunday the 21st of June, the day of the Winter Solstice. The event will be emceed by political journalist Christine Wallace and Minister Gentleman will declare the house open at 12pm sharp.

Finger food, live music and warmth provided.


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