Our innovation and leadership was recognised in the first Victorian and Australian awards for housing energy efficiency in 1984 and 1986.
We have continued to develop innovations and efficiencies so that today our design process ensures your home will not cost the earth but will help preserve it. We emphasise room zoning, proportions and visual flow through door and window locations and incorporate key environmental opportunities such as cross ventilation and optimal daylight use into our designs.
Energy efficiency is of the utmost importance; Englehart ensures your final design will achieve a six star-plus formal rating. As a proud leader in sustainability, Englehart adopts ground breaking technologies to create healthier lifestyles and living environments.
While we cover off an extensive checklist with every new client building an Englehart home, here are a few things we always recommend:
CSR Bradford Solar Charge Pack, including a Tesla Powerwall storage battery, and premium polycrystalline solar panels for generation. The charge pack provides the average Australian home with 90 per cent of its electrical requirements and assures security of supply. Based on current electricity charges, savings over 10 years would cover the system’s cost and reduce carbon emissions by 8,300 kgs per year.
Inverter Air Conditioning
Inverter air conditioning systems provide individual zone control, energy savings and a variable speed drive to consistently maintain settings.
Lightweight Masonry Flooring
Building double-storey homes with a CSR Hebel power floor lightweight masonry flooring system provides a superior thermal performance and eliminates the flex and squeaking associated with sheet flooring. Englehart aims to create structures and use products that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient, and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Climate change means we must create sustainable buildings with minimal environmental impact and maximum human comfort.
Wide eaves help protect residents from harsh summer sun but invite winter warmth.
Considered placement of windows can optimise passive solar design, natural light and ventilation. Double glazed windows will also help keep your house warm.
Recessed entries help exclude the elements year-round.
Install energy efficient lighting, fixtures and fittings and consider smart wiring lights
Select high efficiency hot water units and water saving taps and shower heads. Consider solar hot water system with panels positioned to catch the sun.
Consider apropriate landscaping to minimise energy and water us. Select low water consuming plants and avoid mains water use for landscape irrigation.