Piggery Road Permaculture 2019

HOUSE NAME
Piggery Road Permaculture
Address
Boolarra VIC 3870
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Relocated house
Designer
N/A
Builder
Owner builder post relocation
House Size
175m2
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
2

Established in 2018, Piggery Road Permaculture has a vision to teach permaculture and foster community-supported agriculture in the Latrobe Valley.

PLEASE NOTE: Piggery Road is still effectively a building site. Wear sturdy shoes and be mindful of mud and uneven ground. The driveway is muddy so unless you are in a 4WD or front-wheel drive, please consider parking on the street. It is about 80m to the house from the road.

We seek to provide a working demonstration site for permaculture enthusiasts and designers, providing clean, healthy local food to the community. Garlic and seasonal vegetables are currently the major focus of crop production.

The site is also the home of Jack Spira Guitars, offering fine, hand-crafted stringed instruments and lutherie tuition. The household has been set up to have minimal ongoing costs and maximum self-sufficiency, allowing the inhabitants to pursue their passions rather than work off-site to pay bills. The workshop and house are powered by stand-alone solar. Five large water-tanks and a spring supply household and irrigation water.

The house is almost entirely recycled, having been relocated from Melbourne and retrofitted with improved insulation and a hybrid solar/wood-fired system for heating, cooking and hot water. Piggery Road’s Permaculture plan is still in a relatively early stage, allowing visitors to see the work in progress.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$52,000
Total cost of home when constructed
$237,000
Estimate of annual savings
$2400
BAL Rating
BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Timber
Window and door types
Sliding windows/doors
Standard doors with glass panels, sliding, sash and winding windows
Window and door shading
Awnings (external)
Plantation shutters
Recycled and reused
Appliances
Basins/sinks
Bathroom cabinets
Copper pipes/fittings
Doors
Glass
Insulation
Kitchen cabinets
Timber
Windows
House frame, floor, weatherboards, some plasterboard.
Sustainable materials
All new insulation batts are made from recycled glass bottles. Underfloor insudlation is yet to be installed.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Fibreglass roof blanket with foil
Rating: R1.3
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R4.1
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.0
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Reflective foil
Rating: Unknown
Healthy home
Chemical free cleaning products used
Cross flow ventilation
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Solar PV off-grid
Size of PV system
5kW solar panels, 10.5 kWh battery storage
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Water heated by PV system
Wood fire wetback
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
House oriented to NE so that most windows and courtyard face north
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Hydronic
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Tanks, dam (under construction), 5ML groundwater licence, stock and domestic river water licence
Size: 110,000L tanks, dam TBA
Worm farm septic tank system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Bee keeping
Composting
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Organic
Permaculture
Native plants
Water wise plants
Worm farm effluent field used to grow mulching materials and bee graze
Average Daily Energy Consumption Per Person
4kWh
Average Daily Water Usage Per Person
66L
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Recycle
Repair
Swap with friends and neighbours
Worm farm, many material obtained at local tip shop