West Brunswick Sustainable House 2017

HOUSE NAME
West Brunswick Sustainable House
Address:
Brunswick West 3055
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
165 m2, and 30m2 bungalow office
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
2
Project Type
Retrofit Continual Improvement
Entry Fee
Gold coin donation to Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Charity donations will go to
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Opening Hours
10am to 4pm

The West Brunswick Sustainable House was Victoria’s first grid connected solar powered house. In 2017 the house is celebrating 21 consecutive years of generating a surplus of solar electricity. The home owners last paid for electricity in 1996! The house is a 1929 Californian bungalow style weatherboard, which has been retrofitted for sustainability.

As well as solar electricity, the house features;

  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Greywater treatment
  • Double glazed windows
  • Roof windows, insulation
  • Shading
  • Permaculture style garden
  • Chooks
  • Worm farms
  • Composting

$328 raised in donations on the day will go to Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$75,000 over 25 years
Energy rating type
N/A
Building Type
Timber
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Paving
Sustainable materials
Cypress Macrocarpa timber
Healthy home materials
Low voc paint
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
UPVC
Blinds
Drapes
Adustable Shading
Skylights
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Openable roof windows
Active heating cooling
Heat exchange ventilation system
Heat pump
Ceiling fans
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Cellulose, foil, polyester, foilboard,
Rating: R4.0
Some external walls and floors have insulation
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: 20.000L rainwater,
Size: 11,000L treated greywater
Greywater system
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Storage connected to
Garden
Toilet
Laundry
Whole house
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Composting
Native plants
Chickens
Previously Open
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Council property located in:
Moreland City Council
Connected to gas?
Yes