LIVING IN STAND 47
While building Stand 47 played an important role in demystifying and exploring contemporary building practices using hi-tech materials, the real test comes with living in the home...

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...the experience that people have of engaging with the property while living out their day-to-day lives, and also the performance of the materials and systems over the course of four seasons. This section tracks this exploration.


THE BENEFITS
COMFORT

Comfort is important in a home. It usually refers to the indoor temperature, air and sound quality affects how users will experience being there over their lifetime.


Stand 47 is built using state-of-the-art materials that focus on comfort and are warm to touch, absorb pollutants from the air and regulate internal temperature (without mechanical heating or cooling) and contain sound within each room. Stand 47's well-considered architectural solutions, building materials and systems, result in what Saint-Gobain calls 'multi-comfort building', based on five human senses:

TOUCH

Thermal comfort – maintaining comfortable internal temperatures within an airtight building envelope by providing highly effective thermal insulation and relative humidity. Limit extreme internal temperature variables, summer overheating, drafts or surface heating.  Thermal Comfort is achieved largely though the design and insulation of the external shell of the house (roof, walls, and floor) and include, the temperature of the air, from objects in a house, water vapour in the air, and the rate that air moves through the interior.

TOUCH

Thermal comfort – maintaining comfortable internal temperatures within an airtight building envelope by providing highly effective thermal insulation and relative humidity. Limit extreme internal temperature variables, summer overheating, drafts or surface heating.  Thermal Comfort is achieved largely though the design and insulation of the external shell of the house (roof, walls, and floor) and include, the temperature of the air, from objects in a house, water vapour in the air, and the rate that air moves through the interior.

BREATHE

Health comfort (Breathe) – good health starts with removing harmful pollutants and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air, maintaining healthy ventilation rates, air temperatures, and humidity levels.

HEAR

Acoustic comfort (Hearing) – acoustic isolation and sound-absorbing panels limit the transfer of airborne, impact and reverberation sounds through the house. Acoustic Comfort is achieved by isolating sounds within a room and limiting the transfer of noisy sounds through the structure of the building and between spaces.

HEAR

Acoustic comfort (Hearing) – acoustic isolation and sound-absorbing panels limit the transfer of airborne, impact and reverberation sounds through the house. Acoustic Comfort is achieved by isolating sounds within a room and limiting the transfer of noisy sounds through the structure of the building and between spaces.

SEE

Visual comfort (Sight) – natural light, outdoor views and traditional materials complement contemporary forms and technology to create a familiar, comforting aesthetic.

THOUGHT

Modular comfort. Modular systems can be erected faster due to installation requirements which produce less site waste. This decreases energy consumption, carbon footprints and running costs and future renovations are much easier to perform with minimal inconvenience.

THOUGHT

Modular comfort. Modular systems can be erected faster due to installation requirements which produce less site waste. This decreases energy consumption, carbon footprints and running costs and future renovations are much easier to perform with minimal inconvenience.


THE BENEFITS
HEALTH

Contemporary lifestyles may often have a negative physical and psychological impact on our health. While most of us are aware of the situations that put us at risk over the long-term, there is little we can change, there are few alternatives or we are unable to afford the them.

These aspects dovetail with comfort benefits and include the specification of materials that improve air quality (by maintaining ambient temperatures indoors without heating and cooling drying out the air and by absorbing chemicals and compounds released into the air that are toxic to our health), as well as the design of internal spaces that connect to the landscape, that let in natural light, that use natural materials and colours and which have high ceilings and large volumes in living areas to create the feeling of space and freedom.

THE BENEFITS
SAFETY

The perception that dry-walling is perhaps not as safe as masonry for example is unfounded. Rigorous testing has been conducted to create a product that is highly fire-resistance and Saint-Gobain drywall systems have a higher combustion point than masonry. Gyproc's FireStop plasterboard withstands fire for 120 minutes. Another perception is that the external dry-wall systems and the light-steel structure are not strong or weather badly. However, the combination of up to 8 layers of specialised products creates an inseparable unit that is high-strength, highly efficient and well-weathering. In addition, Gyproc's DuraLine plasterboard can be used in high-traffic or impact areas as it withstand knocks and bumps in daily life.


THE BENEFITS
FLEXIBILITY

Stand 47 has three types of 'flexbility' built in to adapt to the unpredictable changes in family life, without forcing the users to renovate extensively or move away:


ARCHITECTURAL

The grid design, continuous floor and ceiling planes, internal dry-walls and a regulated northern facade means that when more or fewer rooms are needed, changes to the interior will be quick and easy.


FIXTURES

Bedroom and bathroom fixtures adapt to allow single spaces to cater for different uses and different users.


USE

Materials used ensure high thermal and acoustic insulation meaning that noisy activities will not disturb adjacent rooms; users can live in harmony without disturbing each other.





One of the factors affecting long-term experience in a home is flexibility. Most often homes are outgrown when they can no longer accommodate the needs of the inhabitants and the consequences often lead to extensive (and expensive) renovations. The value of Stand 47 increases due to its latent potential to transform and broad market appeal.







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