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Prince Charles' Australian housing scheme breaks ground

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Prince Charles turned the first sod at his architecture charity’s debut project in Australia last week

The heir to the British throne was visiting the super-green housing project in Adelaide, which is aiming to spread lessons learned by the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community in the UK.

Prince’s Terrace Adelaide is the result of a collaboration between the foundation and military housing provider Defence Housing Australia. It was designed with input from local architect Ashley Halliday of Ashley Halliday Architects

Victoria Chester, the foundation’s executive director, said: ‘Sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of the life for those living among them.

‘We are delighted to see this development bringing alive many of the principles that the foundation believes in.  

‘These elements 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 foundation provided the design principles for the building, and worked with Halliday to develop a layout and design that respected the local climate and lifestyle.

The building, in the Adelaide suburb of Bowden, has become the first residential development to be awarded a six-star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The homes are predicted to use half as much energy and drinking water as a normal urban town house, with a carbon footprint reduced by 40 per cent.

The townhouses have been orientated to minimise summer solar gain and maximise natural cross ventilation. The facades have been designed to maximise daylight access and views while managing glare. 

Ceiling fans help to control the indoor climate with small air conditioning systems provided to cope with peak temperatures. 

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