At ARCOLOGIC everything we do is informed by a strong Sustainability ethos which has seen us scoop multiple Awards in this important space. We go far beyond just complying with the regulatory frameworks as we believe we have a duty to provide the most energy efficient, low carbon footprint and livable homes for your money. "Business as usual" is no longer a viable alternative for us or the planet we live in, and since building activities are responsible for 23 % of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Australia we need to improve our design and construction methods.
Within the home itself, 63 % of Energy used is for space heating and cooling, most of which can be eliminated through good design, orientation and the correct choice of materials. With soaring electricity and gas prices, it makes sense to invest a bit more upfront to avoid a lifetime of ongoing expenses and uncomfortable spaces.
Our Home Collections are assessed against world benchmarks to achieve extremely low Carbon Footprints, aiming for Carbon Neutrality or even Carbon Negative outcomes. We use locally invented but world leading E-Tool software to perform exhaustive testing to ensure our homes perform at the highest level in both Operational Carbon and Embodied Energy use. Not only does this save ongoing utility costs for the owner or landlord, but is the future we need to put in place to avoid catastrophic consequences to our fragile planet.
WHAT IS e-TOOL LCD ?
Life Cycle Design and Assessment software to model full environmental and cost impacts for buildings. eTool LCD produces comprehensive reports complete with comparable sustainable building data with outputs compliant with international standards ISO 14044 and EN 15978.
Life Cycle Assessment involves quantifying the total 'Embodied and Operational' energy over the entire design life of the building, by assessing every single impact aspect of a product or process over its entire life span. This approach is sometimes referred to as "cradle to cradle" if it accounts for full recycling, or "cradle to grave" if it ends in disposal.
Life Cycle Design and Assessment :
- Ensures a genuinely sustainable and high performance outcome for your project
- Quantifies and measures your design and takes the guess-work out of sustainable building.
- Identifies important areas of improvement for your design.
WHAT IS EMBODIED ENERGY ?
Embodied energy refers to the energy and/or carbon required to construct and maintain a building over its entire design life including :
- Materials- Energy used to extract the raw materials and process them into useable building products available at the gate of the factory.
- Transport- Energy used to transport the building materials from the factory gate to the building site.
- Assembly- Energy used to construct and create the building.
- Recurring - Energy used to maintain and replace certain building elements over the entire life span of the building
- Demolition and Recycling - Energy used to demolish and recycle the building and feed the resultant materials back into the building materials 'food chain'.
WHAT IS OPERATIONAL ENERGY ?
Operational Energy is the amount of energy required to run the building over its design life and includes appliances such as Air-Conditioners, Hot Water systems, Refrigeration and Lighting.
WHAT BENCHMARK IS USED ?
The Residential Benchmark is a weighted average calculation of embodied and operational carbon for an 'average' residential building which is used as a measuring stick against which all new residential premises can be compared.
eTool Ratings provide a summary rating system that follows the familiar medal system enabling quick comparisons between projects. Functional units come into play to allow fair comparison between different building life spans, construction and size. For example, a residential building will have its carbon emissions reduction measured per occupant per year.
In Western Australia all new dwellings must comply with minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (the Star Rating System) in which new homes must achieve a 6 Star Rating minimum or equivalent. Our homes score well beyond the minimum, but as the below diagram illustrates the Energy Efficiency Standards focus on just 24 % of the total Carbon Emissions of a new home. That is part of the reason we have trained in and implemented the eTool LCD system of rating so that we can offer a far more comprehensive and accurate reflection of the true Sustainability of your home. Unlike others, when we claim to design our homes to Sustainable Principles we are looking at the complete picture and not just a snapshot.
Our materials and products we use are chosen for their low carbon footprint, ease of maintenance, durability and attractiveness. We use Local suppliers wherever feasible to reduce associated transport energy costs and support local industry.
We have years of experience in using various systems and products so have narrowed our searches down to the ones that deliver most in terms of reliability, aeshetics, ease of use, environmental performance and cost.
Style Editor Options
Header Background Color – Change the background color of the header bar at the top of the page.
Site Title Font + Color – If no logo image is uploaded, set the typeface, font properties, and color of the Site Title.
Transparent Header – If a banner image of any sort is uploaded on a particular page, the header background will become transparent. Pages without banner images will keep the Header Background Color, as will folder dropdowns.
Logo Container Width – Set the width of the logo container, effectively changing the size of the logo. If the logo container is smaller than the size of the uploaded logo image, the logo image will shrink, but if the logo container is larger, the logo will not become larger than the uploaded image. The nav will take up the rest of the space to the right of the logo container.
Site Title Container Width – Set the width of the site title container. This effectively allows control over the wrapping of the site title.
Nav Link Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the navigation links.
Nav Link (Active) – Set the color of the navigation links on hover.
Enable Nav Button – Turn the last link in the navigation into a button (does not apply to folders).
Nav Button Style – Select between solid, outline, and raised buttons.
Nav Button Corner Style – Select between squared corners, rounded corners, or a "pill" shaped button.
Nav Button Color – Set the background color of the button (outline and text color if "outline" button style is selected).
Nav Button Font + Text Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the navigation button.
Banner Overlay Color – Set a color to be overlaid over images on banners.
Banner Heading Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the headings in banners.
Banner Text Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the body text in banners.
Banner Button Style – Select between solid, outline, and raised buttons.
Banner Button Corner Style – Select between squared corners, rounded corners, or a "pill" shaped button.
Banner Button Color – Set the background color of the button (outline and text color if "outline" button style is selected).
Banner Button Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and colors of the banner button.
Page Background – Set the background of the main content area.
Page Text Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of body text.
Page Link Color – Set the color of body links.
Page Meta Color – Set the color of meta text (blog authors, post dates, etc.)
Control the typeface, font properties, and colors of the Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3.
Quote Font + Color – Set the typeface, fonts properties, and color of Quote Blocks.
Hide Page Sidebar – Don't display the left-hand folder navigation on pages in a folder.
Hide Products Sidebar – Don't display the left-hand category navigation in product list view.
Hide Sidebar Title – Don't display title in the sidebar.
Sub Nav Title Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the titles in Page Folder Nav and Products Category Nav.
Sub Nav Link Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the links in subnavs.
Pre Footer Background – Set the background color of the pre-footer area directly above the footer.
Pre Footer Text Color – Set the color of the text in the Pre-Footer.
Footer Background – Set the background color of the footer area at the very bottom of the page.
Footer Text Color – Set the color of the text in the footer.
Footer Nav Font + Color – Set the typeface, font properties, and color of the footer navigation links.
Footer Nav Link (Active) – Set the color of the footer navigation links on hover.
Center Navigation / Info – Choose between left- and center-aligned footer navigation and site info.
Hide Site Info – Hide the site info in the footer.
Meta Priority – Select whether date or category of a post appear above its title in blog list view.
Hide Entry Author – Don't display the byline of a blog post. Useful for blogs with a single author.
Hide List Entry Footer – Don't display the footer (Comment + Like + Share) in blog list view.
Gallery Navigation – Determines the type of gallery image navigation is provided on the page.
Gallery Info Overlay – Select the type of display used for image title and caption.
Gallery Aspect Ratio – Controls the aspect ratio (width:height) for the gallery active slide.
Gallery Arrow Style – Determines the style of the arrows used to cycle through the slides.
Gallery Transitions – select the transition styles used to animate between slides being viewed.
Gallery Show Arrows – choose to use arrows for cycling through slides.
Gallery Auto Crop – choose to auto crop slide images to the selected ratio.
Gallery Autoplay – choose to cycle gallery images automatically without user interaction.
Gallery Loop – Enable a gallery to cycle through to the first slide after the last slide.
Gallery Autoplay Speed –Specify the speed at which the gallery pauses on the active slide.
Gallery Thumbnail Size – Control the height of thumbnail images when used for gallery navigation.
Gallery Arrow Background – Specify the color that is used for the shape of gallery arrows.
Gallery Arrow Color – Specify the color that is used for the arrow itself.
Gallery Circle Color – Specify the color that is used for the circle shape gallery arrows.
Gallery Info Background – Specify the color used in the background of the image title and caption.
Event Time Format – Toggle between 24 hour or AM/PM for event times.
Event Icons – Enable icons on the address and event time display.
Event Thumbnails – Show an image thumbnail in list view.
Event Thumbnail Size – Control the size (ratio width:height) of the event thumbnail image.
Event Date Label – Enable date overlay on top of event thumbnail.
Event Date Label Time – Include the time of the event with the date overlay.
Event Excerpts – Show optional excerpt text of events on the list view when present.
Event List Date – Show the full event date (day, month, year) of the event on the list view.
Event List Time – Show the time range (start time-end time) of the event on the list view.
Event List Address – Show the event location address when present.
Event iCal/gCal Links – Show links to add events to Apple or Google calendars.
Event Like and Share Buttons – Show Squarespace simple like and share buttons on events.
Event List Compact View – Enable a simple stacked view of events in the list view.
Event Calendar Compact View – Enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smaller areas
Product Background Color – sets the color behind the product image.
Product Overlay Color – sets the color of the overlay when product list titles are set to 'overlay.'
Products Per Row – determines the number of products shown per line on the product list.
Product List Titles – controls the position of the product title on the product list.
Product List Alignment – sets the text alignment of the product title on the product list.
Product Item Size – select an image ratio for the product photo on the product list.
Product Image Auto Crop – determines whether product images fill the image area or fit within.
Product Gallery Size – select an image ratio for the product gallery on the product item page.
Product Gallery Auto Crop – determines whether product images fill the gallery area or fit within.
Show Product Price – shows the price on the product list page when enabled.
Show Product Item Nav – shows the 'back to shop' link on the product item page.