Barlows Hill house 2019

Barlows Hill house
Barlows Hill QLD 4703
12pm - 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Capricorn Coast Land Care
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Continual Improvement
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Capricorn Coast Land Care

This is a 35 year-old two-storey concrete block home with a flat concrete roof. Purchased 20 years ago, it has been progressively renovated to add sustainable living features to make it more comfortable, to reduce its environmental footprint and to cope with climate change. It is still a work in progress…

This house has been draught proofed, lighting and appliances have been replaced with more energy efficient options.

The house is ideally oriented and special attention has been given to shading and ventilation.

Sustainable features to inspect:

  • Excellent east-west orientation for shade and views
  • 2KW solar panels
  • Solar hot water with automatic off-peak electric booster
  • White-painted roof to reflect heat
  • Low-energy LED lights – including 18W tube in kitchen
  • Ceiling fans with powder-coated blades to extend life
  • Single air conditioner in bedroom
  • Triple-stacking sliding doors to improve ventilation
  • Unique tension membrane shade structure on verandah – outdoor living
  • Stair climber for elderly visitors / residents
  • Bamboo flooring in lounge room – self-laid
  • Additional polystyrene ceiling insulation on upper floor
  • Additional shade awning over northern glass doors downstairs
  • Window shutters provide cyclone security and shade during spring and autumn
  • Trees planted for shade – all sides including deciduous frangipannis on south side
  • Fruit trees in garden – orange, lime, lemon, banana, Brazilian cherry, paw paw, passionfruit
  • Timer – controlled micro-irrigation
  • Garden mulch produced on site – Ozito mulcher
  • Composting
  • Clothesline for drying
  • Front-loading washing machine
  • Minimum flush toilets
  • Low-flow shower heads
  • Water tank

The owners have a hybrid car which can be demonstrated.


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Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
$90,000 in 1984 estimate
Estimate of annual savings
Universal design accessability
Disability access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
Rocker style light switches
Slip resistant flooring
Stair lift
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Concrete slab
Wall materials (external and internal)
Concrete blocks
Window and door types
Sliding windows/doors
Stacking windows/doors
Window and door shading
Adjustable Shading
Awnings (external)
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Shade Sails
Sustainable materials
Bamboo flooring in lounge/dining room
Insulation - Other
Polystyrene tiles under ceiling
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Smart home features
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Metal tank
Size: 2000L
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Timer-controlled spray irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Bee hotels/friendly
Edible garden
Native plants
Fruit - Orange, lime, lemon, Brazilian cherry, passion fruit, banana, soursop,
Average Daily Energy Consumption Per Person
6 kWh
Average Daily Water Usage Per Person
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours