Nicholas P Ingerson Architect
The practise focusses on low energy sustainable housing throughout Adelaide and regional South Australia. Current designs focus on total sustainability, including free running comfort systems, exporting collected energy, water self reliance, and minimum maintenance solutions. Areas of expertise include: Seafront and maritime locations Sloping sites Hills Face development Bushfire control and protection Energy efficient and sustainable suburban sites Self sufficient rural and remote sites Nick is a certified House Energy Rating Assessor, registered under the Development Act as an Independent Technical Expert.
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The house is located on a sloping block with a difficult north south axis. To provide solar access to all areas the design is based on a central corridor linking rooms and courtyards along the lenfth of the site, creating a series of linked pavillions. The high thermal mass of the rammed eart and high levels of seasonal solar control have resulted in a very bright, comortable house. With low power demands, the 1.5kW of photovoltaic panels provide most of the power requirements. Several rainwater tanks provide the total water needs of the house and garden.
McLaren Vale, 2013
The dual Bedroom sustainable residence was designed to incorporate two B&B accommodation with combined Kitchen, Living and Dining Facilities, and eventually to convert to the Owner’s retirement house. Intended to “touch the ground lightly”, the lightweight structure has impressive thermal rating.
This modern residence grew from the salvaged materials from the existing house on the site, which had unfortunately degraded beyond repair. Stone from retaining walls, bricks from the house walls can be seen both internally and externally. Other materials were reused on other building sites. Little went to the dump. The external walls are highly insulated brick veneer, and with the well insulated ceiling and high performance Low-E glass in cedar frames provide a house with considerable passive comfort, both summer and winter.