Rich Industrial Greenhouse 2019

Rich Industrial Greenhouse
Frankston VIC 3199
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Owner Builder
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

As an engineer and artist our aim when designing our home was to create a home built specifically for our needs, a place we could both live and work in. With a fully working studio and study/workshop we are able to work fully from home when possible. All Electric, No Gas, our home produces more energy than it consumes. We have achieved this and love the fact we often have to go outside to determine what the weather is. We are spoilt.

Designed using passive solar principles and the best materials possible for thermal performance we have incorporated double glazing uPVC, north facing windows, super insulation, high efficiency appliances, heat pump hot water service, solar panels, heat recovery ventilation, thermal ground loop, and small reverse cycle air conditioning used only in summer and winter extremes. The HWS, washing machine and dishwasher all operate during solar peak production 10 am to 3 pm.

It is not just our home that is sustainable, virtually all the furniture inside the home is either hand made, reclaimed hard rubbish or op shop finds. Each piece has a story and is intended to last a lifetime. Our decking first purchased 15 years ago second hand has been used as rear verandah, then a pool deck and now our front verandah. Our courtyard fencing is our old reclaimed side fence and our wicking garden beds are all hard rubbish material.

Our next aim is to purchase an electric vehicle and perhaps a battery and more solar to be totally energy independent.

At only 150m2 it has 2 bedrooms, 1 Study, 1 Studio and one combined bathroom/laundry.


Years 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
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
No stairs/steps
No Corner cupboards
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
BAL Rating
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Double brick
Insulated panels or blocks
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Reverse Brick veneer
Window and door types
Double glazing
Casement and sliding windows, Multipoint air sealed double glazed doors.
Window and door shading
Awnings (external)
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Shade Sails
Recycled and reused
Sustainable materials
recycled bricks, timber, recycled decking and verandah timber.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Foil, batt
Rating: R1.5
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R4.5
Insulation - External walls
Type: Combined glass wool and polystyrene
Rating: R4.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Other
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
Cross flow ventilation
Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
Indoor plants for air filtration
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Heat exchange ventilation system
Split system airconditioner
Ground Loop Zehnder Comfo fond
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Tank
Size: 5000L
Storage connected to
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Green roof
Native plants
Water wise plants
Wicking Bed Vegetable garden from Hard Rubbish Materials
Average Daily Water Usage Per Person
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours
Not plastic free but doing our best.