The Greeny Flat has achieved a number of significant milestones since we opened for SHD2014. In April 2015 we completed our first full year of operation and monitoring during which time the Greeny Flat exported to the grid almost three-and-a-half times as much energy as it imported. We also used one-and-a-half times more tank water than town water for the year and our entire running cost was $311. Also in 2015 the Greeny Flat won a Green Globes Award for “Excellence in Sustainability” in the residential category!
Over the last year the Greeny Flat has continued to prove highly successful as well as delightful to live in. Last year we added a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle which allows us to use a lot of our surplus solar power for sustainable transportation.
Since SHD 2016 we’ve also begun the process of doing a complete Energy Retrofit on the old fibro cottage next the Greeny Flat. So far we’ve removed the fibro, insulated the walls, replaced the windows with double glazing, reclad the walls and added a shade awning and deck.
The “Greeny Flat” began as a full-scale living experiment to see if it’s possible to build a small, comfortable, healthy, energy positive, low-maintenance, fire-resistant, water-efficient, elderly-friendly infill house at an affordable price.
Set on a beautiful site near downtown Mittagong the Greeny Flat features passive solar design; durable, low-maintenance materials, renewable energy systems, rainwater catchment and reuse, healthy materials and systems, local and reclaimed materials, energy efficient appliances, water efficient fixtures and landscaping, and is located within easy walking distance of services, bushland, and public transportation.
More information is available at our website here.
The Greeny Flat is located in the Southern Highlands of NSW not far off the freeway between Sydney and Canberra and close to the towns of Bowral, Moss Vale and Berrima.