Nina's House 2017

HOUSE NAME
Nina's House
Address:
Mullumbimby 2482
Housing Type
Standalone House
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
2
Builder
Owner builder
Project Type
New Build
Architect/Designer
Owner Designed
Entry Fee
$5 donation to go to Corem - Repower Byron Shire
Charity donations will go to
Corem - Repower Byron Shire
Opening Hours
10 am - 4 pm

The house is a typical passive solar home with earth bricks, made onsite, providing almost all of the thermal mass. The north aspect provides maximum solar access for passive and active solar energy capture and passive storage. The photovoltaic system produces, on average, three times more power than the household uses.  The composting toilet system, as well as other water saving features, give the means for water self sufficiency.

The curved roof was the first to go up making it easier for the non-load bearing earth brick walls to have protection while being built. This ‘slow build’ makes it a more viable and affordable project for the owner builder.  The build style also allows for aesthetic and practical changes to be incorporated during the build, which contributes to a better outcome and less overall stress.

Apart from some plantation softwood, all timber used is recycled hardwood.  The paint and finishings contain low or no V.O.C.s.  All furniture is pre-loved and or made from recycled timber, including a daybed made from recycled wine barrels.

The property produces much of the household’s fruit and vegetable needs with compost generated from materials gathered on site. The owner was careful not to plant any exotic that may pose an invasive risk to local native plant communities.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Building Type
Mud brick
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Aggregate
Doors
Kitchen/bath cabinets
Sustainable materials
Earth and recycled timber
Healthy home materials
Low or no V.O.C. paint and finishings
Windows and Doors
Clerestory windows
Window/door materials and coverings
Drapes
Pelmets
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Use of thermal insulative cooking
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Bulk and reflective insulation,
Rating: Unknown
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: 2 x Food grade PVC (recyclable) water tanks,
Size: 2 x 22,700L
Greywater system
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Garden/Outdoors
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Composting
Native plants
Chickens
Native bees
Previously Open
2007
Council property located in:
Byron Shire
Sustainability organisations:
Yes
Connected to gas?
No