Earthship Ironbank 2017

HOUSE NAME
Earthship Ironbank
Address:
Ironbank 5153
Housing Type
Standalone House Granny Flat Tiny Home
House Size
70m2
Number of bedrooms
1
Number of bathrooms
1
Builder
Martin Freney
Project Type
New Build Display
Architect/Designer
Martin Freney
Opening Hours
10am -4pm

Earthship Ironbank is Australia’s first council approved Earthship, and it’s also a BnB for everyone to enjoy! The purpose of this building is to educate people about Earthship design principles and let them experience off-grid living in a self sufficient home.

Because it’s the first of its kind to be approved in Australia, this project also demonstrates radical new construction methods such as the use of earth filled car tyres (without concrete footings!) which are compliant with the National Construction Code and with Council!

At sustainable house day you can meet the designer and owner builder, Dr Martin Freney whose PhD thesis investigated the environmental impacts of various house construction materials and off-grid living systems – what’s the most sustainable way to build your home? Dr Marty knows!

This house has a myriad of sustainable house features including:

  • Earth floors (sooo sustainable – no cement!)
  • Ferro-cement earth covered roof (bushfire proof!)
  • Earth sheltered design using earth filled tyre walls (super energy efficient)
  • Greenhouse for food production
  • Waste water treatment
  • Passive heating and cooling
  • Underground earth tubes for passive heating and cooling
  • Earth and lime renders
  • Tadelakt bath tub made from cans and bottles
  • Off grid renewable energy system with battery bank
  • 60kL of rainwater tanks one of which is made out of 300 car tyres!
  • Bushfire sprinklers powered by batteries.

Folks, you’re gonna have to see it to believe it.

The Earthship was featured in issue 33 of ReNew: technology for a sustainable future magazine

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
10% extra on build cost
Energy rating type
NatHERS
Energy rating
6.3 Stars
Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Building Type
Hempcrete
Rammed earth tyres
Recycled and reused
Aggregate
Timber
Car tyres, aluminium cans and glass bottles
Sustainable materials
Hempcrete, ferro-cement, car tyres
Healthy home materials
Fon toxic furniture varnish, adobe and lime finishes
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Operable skylights
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
Skylights
Renewable energy
Solar PV off-grid
Energy storage
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Wood fire wetback
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Thermal chimney
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Ferro-cement, insulated, earth covered,
Rating: unknown
Water harvesting and water saving
Underground storage
Type: Polytank and tyre tank,
Size: 55,000L
Above ground storage
Type: Polytank,
Size: 5kL
Greywater system
Blackwater
Low flow shower heads
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Composting
Native plants
Green roofs
Bee keeping
Chickens
Previously Open
2016
Council property located in:
City of Onkaparinga
Connected to gas?
Yes