Dromana house 2019

Dromana house
Dromana VIC 3936
10am - 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin donation for Habitat for Humanity
Donations supporting
Habitat for Humanity
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Positive Footprints P/L
Working Dog Construction P/L
House Size
150 m2 floor space
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

This is a 3 year-old holiday house on a north-facing block, built in reverse brick veneer, with a polished concrete floor on the lower level and bamboo flooring for the upper level. It has 3Kw of solar power and a heat-pump for hot water.

The ceiling fans and clerestory windows provide air circulation and venting of hot air in summer, and the concrete floor and internal brick walls provide thermal mass, help to keep the house comfortably warm, aided by a wood-burning stove.

A large part of the kitchen cupboards and bathroom fittings have been salvaged from other houses (via Freecycle, Gumtree, Habitat for Humanity, etc), and no furniture or appliances except for a microwave oven and TV set has been bought new. The garden consists mainly of indigenous/native plants and succulents in the front, and there are several fruit trees; watering is mainly from rain-water tanks when needed.

Architect for this home is Positive Footprints

Gold coin donations will go to Habitat for Humanity



This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8.7 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
Universal design accessability
Universal Design Features
Hobless showers
Kitchen bench/table for wheelchairs to access (75-85cm high)
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Shower head on rail for various heights
Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
BAL Rating
BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Reverse Brick veneer
Window and door types
Bi Fold
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
Recycled and reused
Bathroom cabinets
Kitchen cabinets
Sustainable materials
Polished concrete, Modwood for decks
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Rockwool batt
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Rockwool batt
Rating: R2.7
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Reflective foil
Rating: R0.7
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Wood-burning stove and heat-shifting fan
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Green switches
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Tanks (x3)
Size: 16,000L
Grey water system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours