Lockhart Rammed Earth House 2018

Lockhart Rammed Earth House
Nyora VIC 3987
Booking required – see link below
1pm - 4pm
House Open Style
Open House - No Booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Energy Innovation Co-Op
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Sue Mitchell
JB carpentry, Rammed Earth by Olnee Constructions Oliver Petrovic
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Energy Innovation Co-Op

My home was designed to face north to catch the winter sun. Shaded by specially designed eaves to protect windows from summer heat. Situated downhill and sheltered from many of the icy south/west winds.
Built with rammed earth internal walls which collect thermal heat and help keep the home warm on those cold winter nights.
A rammed earth feature at the entrance acts as a sun trap.

Radial sawn, natural edged hardwood weatherboards that have been sustainably harvested are clad on the exterior walls. Built on concrete slab with floors finished in porcelain tiles. Top quality insulation to walls, ceiling and roof help keep the warnth in winter and cool in summer. Windows are double glazed and fixed in western red cedar. Highlight windows for added light and winter sun to reach the rammed earth wall.

OTHER SUSTAINABLE FEATURES: P.V. panels feed into grid, solar hot water, 5000gal rainwater tank (town water also available). Cooling/heating wood stove – also used for cooking, fans in all rooms. LED and low energy lighting.
Substantial orchard and vaggie patch for self sufficiency.

Designed by Sue Mitchell and built by JB carpentry, Rammed Earth by Olnee Constructions and owners


Years Open
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Rammed earth

Window and door types
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Large eaves for northern light
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Size: 5000L
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Water wise plants