Sweeney House 2018

HOUSE NAME
Sweeney House
Address:
St Clair 2759
(Full address of homes will only be displayed 2 weeks prior to SHD)
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Retrofit
House Size
120m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
1

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

We have over 10,000L 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 having 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 2015/16 we 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 installed super-efficient irrigation to reduce water usage in all 14 veggie patches and 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 visitor’s experience in the Blacktown City Council Bus Tour from SHD2017 – the bus visited this house and two others in the neighbourhood.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Previously Open
2017
2016
2015
2014
2012
2011
2010
Recycled and reused
Insulation
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Fibreglass batts
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid-connected
Solar PV off-grid
Wind
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Wood heater with cooking surface and oven
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Greywater system
Low-flow shower heads
Super-efficient irrigation of food gardens
Garden/Outdoors
Chickens
Composting
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Native plants
Clay pot irrigation