Passive Resistance House 2018

Passive Resistance House
Semaphore Park SA 5019
Full address will be displayed on 05 Sep 2019
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Canvas Projects
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

The Passive Resistance House features a combination of lightweight timber construction and reverse brick veneer, Axon Scyon cladding and colorbond corrugated iron, with a few zincalume panels on the front.

We have polished concrete to all rooms except bedrooms, which are carpeted, and in-slab hydronic heating with slab-edge insulation (low-insulation carpet underlay in bedrooms to permit heat transfer).

The windows are double-glazed with UPVC frames to all windows except corner windows, which are12mm single-glazed with clear low-e. Kingspan Aircell insulation wraps the building. Plywood is used as a ceiling lining, with expressed shadow joints extending out to soffit.

The house also has a 4kW solar PV system and solar hot water using 30 x Apricus evacuated tubes.

The 10,800L rainwater tanks are plumbed into every tap in the house. Every drop of rain that falls on the block stays on the block.

There is ironbark timber decking. We were unhappy with Kapur alternative due to its sourcing from old forests in Indonesia.

The internal courtyard receives northern sunlight into the back section of house. All except two lights in the house are LEDs.

A community garden, tree house and swings have been installed at the front of the house.


Previously Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
$1800 p.a.
Universal Design Features
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
No stairs/steps
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Reverse Brick veneer
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Stacking windows/doors
Window and door shading
Adustable Shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Shade Sails
Sustainable materials
Exposed polished slab, reverse block veneer, UPVC double-glazed windows, in-slab hydronic heating, slab-edge insulation, Kingspan Aircell, roof blanket.
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Ceiling type: plywood sheets with expressed shadow joint
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Reverse block veneer, Kingspan Aircell wrap to entire fabric
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Exposed polished concrete, slab-edge insulation
Rating: R1.5
Healthy home
Cross flow 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
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: 2 x poly tanks
Size: 2 x 5400L tanks
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Community vegetable garden
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants