Alan's House 2016

HOUSE NAME
Alan's House
Address:
Briar Hill 3088
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
180 m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
2
Builder
Owner
Project Type
New Build Renovation Retrofit Continual Improvement
Architect/Designer
Owner
Entry Fee
Charity donations will go to
Opening Hours
10-4

This house is primarily a retro fit demonstration for existing/traditional/standard homes that shows what are the cheapest/DIY options to make it 8.4+ stars.

Utility bills, building performance data and methodology will be on display:  zero gas, zero mains water, and < 5kW hr electricity use for large 3 BR, 2Bath house.

The home itself demonstrates the basics of low energy design: square, with good cross ventilation, good solar gain and multiple adjustable/seasonal shading initiatives, water tanks, super insulation, multiple organic waste options, and multiple internal zoning options.

It also has a few Novel technologies (things not common in other low energy houses) including: ground coupled geothermal cooling  (DIY), solar space heating (DIY), off grid PV with battery storage, on grid PV maximized for winter gain and subfloor refrigeration booster. All have been featured in RENEW magazine articles.

Super insulation is used strategically (slab/ducts/skylights/windows) retro fit thermal mass, dual system grey water re­use, retrofit solar hot water, plug in hybrid Prius conversion – ethanol/ electric, electric bike, Sky- wall, Olive Pit pellet heater for zero carbon heating, heat pump hot water, real time power metering, thermal camera demonstration (not 2015), active and passive solar chimneys and solar furnace demonstration.

New features for 2015 include a double insulated front door, double insulated hot water storage, completed sky wall (9m2) a new whole of house solar furnace space heating (20+ kW) -DIY, and a solar coffee table! In the garden there are fruit trees and the beginnings of an edible garden. There are also frog bogs, bird baths, insect hotels, bat boxes, bird boxes, possum boxes, and a lizard lounges for the critters.

I look forward to seeing you on the day.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$15,000
Energy rating type
Via calculation and via First rate simulation
Energy rating
8.4 star
Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Building Type
Lightweight construction
Brick veneer
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
Awnings
Adustable Shading
Skylights
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Solar PV off-grid
Energy storage
Geothermal
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Hot water heat pump
PV thermal
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Thermal chimney
Active heating cooling
Geothermal
Heat pump
Ceiling fans
Olive pit heater
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Gass batts and foil,
Rating: R5
Internal and external walls
Type: Polyester batts, polystyrene batts,
Rating: R3
Floor
Type: Polystyrene and foil,
Rating: R3
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: Tanks,
Size: 20,000
Greywater system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Garden/Outdoors
Edible garden
Composting
Native plants
Previously Open
2015, 2014, 2012, 2011
Council property located in:
Banyule
Sustainability organisations:
Yes
Connected to gas?
No