Sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of the life for those living among them. These settings help us both live better at a local level and deal with the broader global challenges of urbanisation and climate change, while preserving our traditional influence and heritage.
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (PFBC) seeks to promote the creation of a harmonious, sustainable and timeless architectural legacy – protecting and sustaining the natural environment while improving the quality of people’s lives.
The Prince’s Foundation, in collaboration with the South Australian Government and Defence Housing Australia (DHA) as the Lead Developers, have developed The Prince’s Adelaide Terrace – Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rating for a residential development. The joint venture is the first Australian development for The Prince’s Foundation, helping to raise the awareness level and viability of sustainability in residential developments, workplaces and communities.
Located in the Bowden urban renewal precinct, the 8 house Terrace and 4 mews apartments feature an emphasis on local, low-carbon materials, including local concrete made with fly ash, local granite and bricks re-used from old Bowden industrial buildings, as well as:
- orientation to minimise summer solar gain and maximise natural cross ventilation
- facade designed to maximise daylight access and views while managing glare
- ceiling fans to control the indoor climate, complemented with small but high efficiency air conditioning systems for peak Adelaide temperatures
- LED lighting and photovoltaic solar panels generating renewable energy to reduce the building’s peak power demand
- High efficiency water fittings, with toilets and laundry fittings supplied with 100 per cent recycled water
These features are expected to cut energy and potable water use by more than 50 per cent, and carbon emissions by more than 40 per cent, compared with a typical house. During the 2015 Royal Tour, The Prince of Wales visited the development site in Bowden, turning the first sod of the development.
The Adelaide demonstration build will be supported with a knowledge transfer program providing:
- Training and education on sustainable building practices
- Materials and workshops to equip professionals, graduates, students and others with the skills they need to design, build and preserve sustainable environments
- Focus on sustainability, traditional architecture and urbanism, building skills and aesthetics.
The video below highlights the Adelaide project during TRH’s Tour.