Eurabbie 2018

HOUSE NAME
Eurabbie
Address
Yarragon South VIC 3823
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Other
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Retrofit
House Size
170m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
1
Open with support of
Baw Baw Sustainability Network

Our house is a weatherboard farmhouse built in the 1940s from local timber milled nearby. It had not been designed or sited for passive warming or cooling, and was cold and draughty in winter. To make it more comfortable and sustainable, we have improved it in many ways over the 34 years we have lived here. It is now fully insulated and we have grown a garden that provides shelter from the freezing winds we can experience in the Strzelecki Ranges, and has deciduous trees for summer cooling.

We installed a 2.3kW PV system in 2007 and, along with behaviour change and replacing lightbulbs, we have had refunds each year since. Heating is with wood heaters and we have planted many more trees on our property than the wood we burn. Hot water has no operational costs, with solar hot water for summer and a flue jacket on our wood heater for winter. The windows have a retrofit double glazing with Magnetite, which comes with draft seals on all windows and doors. A recent assessment of air leaks using a blower-door, and heat loss with thermal camera imaging, has identified more work is needed – sealing gaps such as skirting boards, and checking spots where insulation may have been disturbed.

A permaculture vegetable garden supplies a lot of our needs and a new orchard has been planted.

The house also achieved 7 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.

Gold coin entry with donations going to the Baw Baw Sustainability Network

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2013
2014
2018
Wall materials (external and internal)
Timber
Window and door types
Double glazing
Window and door shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Verandahs
Recycled and reused
Basins/sinks
Copper pipes/fittings
Doors
Paving
Windows
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R2.0 – R4.0
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Reflective foil
Rating: R1.5
Healthy home
Natural fibre furnishings
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Yes
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Wood fire wetback
Flue jacket on wood heater
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Frugal with elecricity use
Garden / Outdoors
Composting
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Native plants