DecoHousing Denmark - Family Homes 2019

DecoHousing Denmark – Family Homes
Denmark WA 6333
10am - 12pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Housing Type
Shared Community
Project Type
New Build
H+H Architects Albany
AK Homes
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

An urban village right in the heart of Denmark, DecoHousing aims to bring about strong community through purposeful design. Just a short walk from the town centre, twelve strata dwellings were completed in 2018 (4 x 3 bed family homes and 8 x 2 bed homes), with a light footprint for a range of ages and family groupings.

Designed by H+H Architects, the homes are small but spacious, light, airy and warm, and carefully grouped to provide acoustic, visual and spatial privacy for all. By sensitively linking private homes and small private courtyard gardens to common spaces and facilities, spontaneous social cohesion is integral to the design, not unlike living in a vibrant, friendly street or neighbourhood.

The Family Homes are fully self contained 130m2 double storey duplex with kitchen, living area, bathroom and toilet, main bedroom and second bedroom/study. Up stairs are two bedrooms, a sitting/study area and toilet/shower.

  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Shared integrated 49kW solar power generation with battery backup.
  • Shared rainwater system
  • Greywater system connected to each home
  • North-facing courtyard
  • Separate storage area
  • Close access to communal kitchen garden and orchard.

Common resources include gardens and orchards, a large workshop and a common-house with kitchen, guest accommodation, library and indoor-outdoor dining space for shared meals and events.

Central to the development is its commitment to sustainability, including dwelling energy ratings between 8.8 and 9.3 stars, common gardens and orchards, rain-water harvesting, a grey water system, vehicle access peripheral to the housing cluster, comprehensive passive solar design and an integrated solar PV/battery storage system. Primarily built from hempcrete, DecoHousing adds weight to the growing push for this innovative material to be widely used in the building industry.

Drawing on common principles of affordable and sustainable housing, co-housing has become a successful model for neighbourhood development in many towns and cities around the world. Construction of the twelve strata dwellings, common house and shared facilities was primarily funded by resident shareholder investment, with additional financing from Social Enterprise Finance Australia. Having shares in our own development company cut out a substantial developer profit margin, and ensured that homes were designed, built and managed by residents, with the assistance of professional architects, planners, builders and other specialists.

DecoHousing is home to a diverse, intergenerational community of residents (ranging in age from one to eighty), drawn by a shared vision of “an eco-village within a village”, in what is believed to be a first for regional WA.

Also open this year are DecoHousing Denmark – 2 Bed Dwellings & Common House.

Chat to a member of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) about EV’s they will have their Mitsubishi iMiEV on display for SHD.


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8.8 stars using NatHERS accredited software (AccuRate). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


Years Open
Total cost of home when constructed
$465,000 includes cost of all common areas, workshop and gardens
Universal design accessability
Universal access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
No stairs/steps
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
Shower head on rail for various heights
Community clustering of homes
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Recycled and reused
Sustainable materials
Recycled kitchen in Common House
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Batts and Anti-con under roof
Rating: R6.0
Healthy home
Chemical free cleaning products used
Cross flow ventilation
Lime render/wash
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Large rainwater tanks
Size: 184,000L
Grey water system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Bee keeping
Community vegetable garden
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours