Location: Castlemaine, Victoria
Project type: Heritage / Sustainable design
Status: Completed 2013
A heritage building with a north-facing roof presents the ideal opportunity to generate solar power.
This steeply pitched north-facing Victorian school roof was ideal for for an array of solar panels fixed directly to the roof. The single line panel array will allow for the future addition of skylights below the panels to bring more natural light into the space.
The building was brought up to a 5 star energy rating while restoring the roof and retaining all aspects of the original building. The galvanised sheet roofing was completely replaced while maximum insulation was added to the generous ceiling space, thereby creating an effective barrier to fluctuating outdoor temperatures.
The passive and active solar design implemented in this project enhance the usability and comfort of the heritage building. Heritage building methodology, materials and proportions were respected wherever possible. The project demonstrates a careful and sensitive adaptation of a heritage building.