Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage 2016

HOUSE NAME
Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage
Address
Hampton VIC 3188
Open
10am to 4pm
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Renovation
Builder
Owner-builder
House Size
25 squares approx
Number of bedrooms
4
Number of bathrooms
2

Come and visit the winner of the Bayside Built Environment Awards 2011, Best Ecologically Sustainable Design and finalist Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration. The home was renovated for highest eco-sustainability, while constrained (voluntarily) by the heritage charm of this modest Edwardian timber cottage and its established neighbourhood character. This project demonstrates that restoration can deliver the best of both worlds: heritage PLUS environment.

Energy efficiency:
– Solar electricity, 2.2 KW (all space available)
– Solar hot water, 250L
– Passive heating and cooling, despite non-ideal site orientation
– Reflective zincalume roof, rather than Colourbond
– Extreme insulation: ceiling (triple insuln), walls, underfloor, double glazing
– Sliding door added at foot of stairs
– 3 natural skylights plus CFL and LED lights
– 2 light circuits per room, rather than wasteful dimmers
– Bathroom infra-red lamps, rather than thirsty slab heating
– Outside undercover clothes line, rather than electric dryer
– Hoods over all ceiling penetrations (incl very tall CFL downlights)

Water efficiency:
– Re-plumbed all rainwater, greywater
– Edible front garden (the only north sun available to this tight block)
– Evaporative cooler fed from raintanks, after negotiations on special in-line filter
added to secure manufacturer’s full warranty
– Rainwater-fed toilet cisterns high in ceiling to maximise half-flush power
– High star-rating appliances

Reduce materials:
– External walls: injected Ecofoam through lathe/plaster walls
– Extensive re-use of materials
– All timber: tonnes of CO2 sequestered; better than concrete, steel

Plus:
– Minimise waste
– Indoor air quality
– Sustainable transport
– A few failures/mistakes

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
2016
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$100,000
Estimate of annual savings
$2500 pa
Universal Design Features
Disability access
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Recycled and reused
Windows
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Plasterboard with triple rockwool bats
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Polished Baltic pine
Healthy home
Floor lacquer: Livos
Connected to gas?
Yes
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Thermal chimney
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Evaporative
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Smart home features
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground storage
Greywater system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Organic
Composting
Greening the boundary fences