Following on from our SHD openings (Eco Home Stirling) and 2018 (here) this is a recently completed new build (our fourth), incorporating all the latest sustainability features that we have been able to find and afford. Our new block is smaller than our previous home, but we have nearly finished creating an urban Permaculture food forest, and will be demonstrating this as well, to all who are interested.
Being constrained to a smaller footprint has meant using a ‘loft style’ plan and minimising waste space by combining bathroom/laundry and entry/stairwell, and reducing passageways.
We have incorporated higher-than-average insulation with a low-cost self-designed wall, sub-wall and roof system; plus high thermal mass, including a virtual ‘earth-coupled’ slab.
Our plan for ageing gracefully here includes low-maintenance cladding and top-quality fittings.
Though only gaining a medium NatHERS certified rating (7.7 stars), our passive design has already gone through 2 summers with little added cooling energy and we have not had to use much winter space heating either. We hope to display our power bills which indicate an actual rating nearer to 9+ stars! Our power bills over the last year since we installed the PV system and changed the HW heat pump timer to daytime have totalled $186.60 credit!
We firmly believe in helping people cope with the coming warmer climate and promoting ‘climate resilience’, and see opening our house and garden on SHD as a very positive way of doing this.
This home will be open with the support from Climate Ready Communities
Gold coin entry will support Sustainable House Day 2020.
This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.7 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.