In the case of the Hawley Beach shack, the stackable glass doors and windows are positioned so they can be opened to encourage natural air flow to cool the space. And although the newly built home is yet to experience a full summer, its performance through the current winter has been nothing short of outstanding, according to architect Jaron Coward.
“We were there recently to take some photos, and the ambient temperature inside at about 6pm was beautifully warm,” he says.
Coward says the client was on-board with the concept of passive solar design right from the outset.
They live about an hour and a half away and built the house as a weekender. So they didn’t want to arrive on a Friday evening, walk into a cold house and have to crank up the heating,” he says.
The concrete slab is fairly typical for the site and engineering requirements – 100mm with thickened edges and R1.8 ClimaFoam Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) ground insulation. The top of the slab has been polished and exposed as a hard-wearing, low-maintenance flooring solution.
The external paths and driveways servicing the separate two-car garage are also insitu concrete with exposed aggregate finishes.
The non-glazed external wall sections on both the garage and main dwelling are clad in Pacific teak.
The archetypal Tassie shack, according to Coward, is made from fibro-cement, doesn’t let in much light, and is pretty much just a rectangle.
The Beach Shack at Hawley Beach preserves the underlying simplicity, but with a fresh and decidedly sustainable twist.