Noonameena – Our Bush Resting Place 2019

Noonameena – Our Bush Resting Place
Redesdale VIC 3444
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Urban Perspective Pty Ltd
Craftsman Quality Builders
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group

Tours for Noonameena will start every hour on the hour, starting at 10pm with the last tour starting at 3pm

Noonameena is an owner-built, strawbale ‘SITUP’ prefab panel, Certified Passive House Institute Low Energy Building located on the banks of the Coliban River in central Victoria.

When planning got serious, I discovered what Passive House building was all about and thought ‘why doesn’t everyone build like this?’ I loved it so much I got trained in Passive House design and now offer services and an Airbnb experience to anyone who wants to see, feel and enjoy what a thermally efficient, well-constructed home can be.

Directions and information about visiting Noonameena. Please note we are located on a rural property in a sheep farming area. Please:

  • Shut the gate when entering or leaving as we have 24 sheep cutting the grass for us
  • Take care in all areas as we have many rocks throughout the property. If it has been raining the sides (off the driveway) will be very soft, please stay on the raised gravel areas only. Follow the driveway keeping left and park at the area sign posted BEFORE you get to the silver shed. If you require closer drop off please continue down the driveway keeping left all the way to the house. Keep left as you exit; note it is single lane driveway.
  • Take care with children or anyone not steady on their feet, there is an area of the house exposed to a steep drop off. These areas will be signposted.
  • No pets please

All donations form the day will got to Whitelion, to give young people the pride, courage and opportunities to change their lives.

Designed by Urban Perspective and built by Craftsman Quality Builders


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8.3  stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


The house also achieved 10 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.



Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$30,000, approx. ≥5% of building costs – limited heating or cooling required all year round.
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No stairs/steps
Shower head on rail for various heights
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Roofing materials
Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Structural insulated panels (SIP's)
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Low-e, films
Sliding windows/doors
Triple glazing
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Insulated panels
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - External walls
Type: Straw (stawbale walls)
Rating: R9.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Wafflepod
Rating: R1.9
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
Lime render/wash
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
Victorian residential efficiency scorecard rating
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Thermal mass
Passive House principles applied
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat exchange ventilation system
Wood stove (sealed from inside air)
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Plastic tanks
Size: 66,000L
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Native plants
Average Daily Energy Consumption Per Person