Sweeney House 2017

HOUSE NAME
Sweeney House
Address:
St Clair 2759
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
120m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
1
Project Type
Retrofit
Opening Hours
10:00am - 4:00pm

We have grid connected as well as a stand alone photovoltaic system and evacuated tube solar hot water system.The house is brick veneer and 35 years old on 600m2 of land.

We have over 10,000 litres of water storage and a dozen or so fruit trees. We have also made various styles of solar cookers, stored heat cooker, pot in pot cooler, rocket stove etc. We have found that while it is easy to plug stuff in to a 240V system, or to buy your veggies, to make and do stuff for yourself you need to know stuff and access to expertise helps.

We have a permaculture garden with elements in the back and front yard including chook tractor, greenhouse, self watering containers, wicking beds, banana circle, herb spiral, worm tower and worm bath, insectary beds and a strawberry tower.

During 2015/2016 we have added a constructed wetland to treat our laundry greywater and moved the banana circle to the back to make use of greywater plumbed directly from the spa bath. We have installed super efficient irrigation to reduce water usage in all 14 veggie patches and have install Nickel Iron batteries, more solar panels and an inverter /charger to go off grid.

We have a street library and seat installed in the front of the house to encourage passers by to pick up and trade books with us.

Click here to read more about one visitors experience on the Blacktown City Council Bus tour from SHD2017, the bus visited this house and two others in the neighbourhood.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Building Type
Brick veneer
Recycled and reused
Insulation
Window/door materials and coverings
Aluminium
Blinds
Drapes
Awnings
Polystyrene foam sheet window covers
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Solar PV off-grid
Energy storage
Wind
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Wood heater with cooking surface and oven
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Fibreglass batts,
Rating:
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: Steel and plastic rainwater tanks,
Size: over 10,000L
Greywater system
Low flow shower heads
Super efficient irrigation of food gardens
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Garden/Outdoors
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Composting
Native plants
Chickens
Clay pot irrigation
Previously Open
2016, 2015. 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010
Council property located in:
Penrith City Council
Connected to gas?
Yes