Get More from 1974 2019

HOUSE NAME
Get More from 1974
Address
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Continual Improvement
House Size
165m2
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
2

Our house was built in 1974 and is a standard single-story brick veneer with 4 bedrooms. It has been our home since 1998. We are now a family of 3, and have been learning about and taking action on ‘sustainability’ since 2006. Our approach is: ‘be the change you wish to see’. Over the last 13 years we have progressively taken many (little, big, low-tech & DIY!) actions to reduce our direct usage of fossil fuels, mains water and try to limit our overall ecological impact.

DOWN WITH FOSSIL FUELS:
We have:

  • Replaced roof with added R3.1 insulation
  • Installed angled shade sail
  • Sealed all internal vents
  • Installed solar panels
  • Retrofitted secondary glazing on windows
  • Installed solar hot water
  • Invested in 2 Electric Vehicles
  • Installed solar ventilation
  • Changed all light-bulbs
  • Seasonally use Renshade and other DIY blinds
  • Use cross-ventilation and passive heating/cooling
  • Made DIY window pelmets

as well as consciously minimised our energy consumption.

RESULTS:
Electricity usage per day = 5-11kWh (depending on season and EV charging) – compared to benchmark of 18kWh in our suburb.
Gas (winter peak) usage per day = 194MJ – compared to benchmark of 340MJ per day.
Gas (summer) usage per day = 31MJ – compared to benchmark of 58MJ per day.

DOWN WITH MAINS WATER:
We have: installed 5 rainwater collection tanks and plumbed to toilet and washing machine, re-used grey and tap water within the home & garden, used mulch on garden beds, as well as consciously minimised our water consumption.

RESULTS:
Mains water usage per day = 100-220 litres (depending on season) – compared to benchmark of 500 litres in summer and 395 litres in winter, and Target 155.

DOWN WITH OVERALL ECOLOGICAL IMPACT:
We have: grown our own (limited range of) vegetables, DIY worm-farm, composted all organic matter, enjoyed back-yard chickens (sadly no longer with us), re-used and recycled things, generally tried to ‘consume with a conscience’, eaten less meat, shifted money to ethical funds, and as a family love going on regular ‘Op-Shop Crawls’!

Our story can show it is possible to “Get More from 1974” – even when the house is old, has numerous design faults, and is poorly oriented on the site. We would like to share what we have learned, and inspire others.

BMW i3 REx EV on display for SHD

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

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Brick veneer
Window and door types
Awning
Retrofit - secondary glazing with Magnetite
Window and door shading
Awnings (external)
Blinds
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Pelmets
Shade Sails
Renshade - reflective foil window covering used in summer
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
Rating: R3.1
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R1.0
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
Victorian residential efficiency scorecard rating
7
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
1.7kW
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Shading
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system airconditioner
Gas ducted heating
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Electric vehicle
Manufacturer/type:BMW i3 REx
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Rain water tanks, combination of plastic and steel
Size: 4000L
Grey water system
Low flow shower heads
Garden / Outdoors
Composting
Native plants
Water wise plants
Average Daily Energy Consumption Per Person
2-4kW
Average Daily Water Usage Per Person
0.06 kL
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Recycle