Oakden 2018

Oakden SA 5086
Full address will be displayed on 05 Sep 2019
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

This two-year-old house was designed to meet needs of a couple who have ‘downsized’. Their goal was to design and build a house that met their needs without excess, but with a spacious and light feel. Designed by Mark and Jon from GoodHouse to be energy- and water-efficient, this home is highly insulated and airtight (Pressure test achieved 5 ACH at 50Pa), to keep the home cool in summer and warm in winter with minimal external energy input. Electricity imports average just over 4kWh per day after taking account of on-site generation from a relatively small 2kW PV system. The home is designed to make good use of winter sun in the living area and main bedroom, natural daylight throughout the house and cooling breezes overnight in the the summer.

This home has also incorporated water-wise initiatives including a 22,000L rainwater tank that feeds the whole house and rear garden; drip irrigation for all gardens; water-wise plants and landscape design.


Previously Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
110cm minimum width hallways
Semi-recessed basins
Shower head on rail for various heights
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
Roofing materials
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Adjustable shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R3.2
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R2.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Energy star rating type
First Rate
Energy star rating
7.5 Stars
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid-connected
Water heating
Instantaneous natural gas
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system air conditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water-wise plants