Blinco Street Ecohome 2018

Blinco Street Ecohome
Fremantle WA 6160
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10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin donation
Donations supporting
Sustainable House Day 2019
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Owner designed
Custom Green
House Size
175m2 / 365m2 block
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
ATA Perth Branch

Our project was kickstarted after we completed a sustainability building course, which inspired us to use the German ‘Passivhaus’ concept to design and build a simple, yet warm and liveable, home with lots of interconnected outdoor spaces, and which was also adaptable and applied universal design elements.

In 2018, the Blinco Street Ecohome was acknowledged as a finalist in the energy efficiency category of the Master Builder Housing Excellence Awards, with an 8.5 Star energy rating.

Our vision was to be carbon-neutral through making more energy than we need, using solar PV panels (no gas connected) and as many recycled materials as possible to achieve maximum sustainability with the smallest environmental footprint.

Our six main sustainability goals (which we set and achieved) for our project:

1. Make more energy than we need: a 3.25kW solar panel system on our roof generates twice the energy we need, and the house design means we use half of the average for homes in Fremantle.

2. No artificial heating or cooling needed: we use thermal mass to capture and store the sun during winter in ‘green’ concrete slabs and recycled brick walls; smart window design facilitates breeze-ways and the ‘Freo Doctor’ cools down the house in summer. Our home averages 20-26 degrees Celsius inside all year around.

5. Minimum water use and maximum water recycling: we collect as much rainwater as possible from our upper roofs into two interconnected water tanks (8300L), which feed the whole house; all water (apart from the oily kitchen sink water and toilet waste, or blackwater) is used for showering or washing clothes, then converted to greywater and filtered and pumped out in a drip irrigation system to feed our deciduous fruit trees and natives in our garden.

3. Adaptable design: we’ve designed the rooms to enable spaces to change and grow with our lifestyle, and maximise sharing potential. In October 2018, our first child is due, so the upstairs yoga room will be converted into a nursery and the ‘buddha room’ ensuite we can convert into a self-contained guest apartment with its own deck and entry access.

4. Healthy air quality: we used low-VOC paints for walls and Livos oil to seal the green concrete floors; living in the home, we only use natural cleaning products, keeping a BPA-free environment indoors.

6. Secure outdoor living on one-third of our block: by building three outdoor decks (one above our garage, one outside the main living area and the last outside the buddha room), we’ve made multiple outdoor living and relaxation areas, with plenty of space for chickens and raised garden beds.

We’ve worked hard over 2017 to plant a permaculture garden – still a work in progress – with raised wicking veggie beds to share produce with neighbours and natives to sustain local biodiversity.

New additions to our home in 2018, for those who visited last year: a chicken hutch for Isa Brown chickens that provide us free-range eggs, and a slide next to our indoor stairs.

For any questions about the Blinco Street Ecohome, contact Jenita Enevoldsen via email:

Designed by owner and built by Custom Green.

Inspiration & acknowledgements:
Josh Byrne – Josh’s house | Griff Morris – Solar Dwellings | Eugenie Stockman – The Green Swing | Sid Thoo – Sid Thoo Architects | Dr Christine Eon – Research Fellow, CUSP | Your HomeAustralia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes (5th edition), Australian Government, Department of Industry | Sustainable Home hub | ATA’s Sustainable House Day

Your gold coin donation will support Sustainable House Day 2019.

To find out more about the NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) click here.


Previously Open
Total cost of home when constructed
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Disability access
Universal access
Wheelchair access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
Hobless showers
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
Shower head on rail for various heights
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
Window openings easily accessible
BAL Rating
Roofing materials
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Double brick
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Louvre windows
Low-e, films
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Shade sails
Recycled and reused
Recycled bricks, recycled jarrah decking and frame
Sustainable materials
All decks are made from recycled jarrah, internal recycled brick wall, 'green' concrete has minimal aggregate and lots of fly ash. We have recycled bulk containers re-purposed as wicking garden beds, with a compost system to reduce waste.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Eco batts
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Aircell Permicav Air XV
Rating: R2.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Reflective insulation
Rating: R2.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
Chemical-free cleaning products used
Cross-flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Energy star rating type
Energy star rating
8.5 Stars
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid-connected
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Greywater system
Low-flow shower heads
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water-wise plants