Flintberry Farm 2018

Flintberry Farm
Harrogate (Woodside) 5244
(Full address of homes will only be displayed 2 weeks prior to SHD)
10am - 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours - No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Architecture in the Wild Pty Ltd
Archtecture in the Wild Pty Ltd
House Size
approx. 220m2
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

It is an automatic assumption for most people to connect to the grid but despite having power to the boundary for our new build, we couldn’t see any logical reason to do so. We wanted to invest in solar regardless, so rather than connecting to the grid, we decided to simply invest that money into extra battery storage instead.
Part of the reason for wanting to display our house at sustainable house day is to help normalise off grid living and reduce the stereotype that it is cumbersome, radical or in any way less comfortable. With the right design, we do everything as we would normally and without any issues. We have not made design compromises and have made minimal lifestyle concessions, which overall, we believe have been for the better regardless.

We also visited many open houses over the past years during the lead up to our build. We took away a lot from those visits and discussions, as well as many ATA resources and guides, and would like to now return the favour and share what we have learned.

With over 80 fruit, nut and berry plants as well as a large vegetable garden we hope to grow as much of our own food as we can as the trees become established. Future plans include a couple of chooks to help out with excess produce in exchange for a few eggs.


Universal design accessability
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No stairs/steps
Shower head on rail for various heights
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Reverse Brick veneer
Metal (Colorbond)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Louvre windows
180 degree opening doors
UPVC Tilt/Turn Doors and Windows
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Shipping container
Sustainable materials
Top soil remained on site and was re-used after construction Rocks remained on site and were utilised in site preparation
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Other
Rating: Air-cell, Insulbreak R0.2 thermal break
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk - natural wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk - glass wool
Rating: R3.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk - natural wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Slab edge insulation
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
All electric home
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV off-grid
Size of PV system
13kW Solar PV with 24kWh battery storage
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Internal bricks and appropriate orientation and shading - with provision of western shading
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Corrogated rain water tanks
Size: 124,000 L
Worm farm septic tank system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Drip irrigation
Edible garden