The Climate-Ready House 2018

The Climate-Ready House
Glanville SA 5015
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
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

Having built one sustainable, high-rating house on an ideally oriented site, owner-builders Mark Clayton and Karina Deans wanted to show that they could achieve similar results on the worst-oriented block in the Adelaide suburb of Glanville. They wanted to find out how much more it would cost to build on a site where the narrow entry is to the north, and the long edge faces west.

The 8.2 Star home has been designed to be cooler in summer months taking into account that, in future, the number of 40+ degree days in Adelaide is expected to increase. Aesthetically, they’ve taken a modern approach to the traditional cottages that are abundant within the area; hence, the single-fronted veranda cottage with narrow eaves, 30-degree pitched roof, and the use of tin and lightweight construction, which all add to achieving the goal of being affordable and sustainable.

They wanted to run the house wholly from solar, with the option for batteries in future, so have chosen against a gas connection and installed a heat pump for hot water, a 6.2kW solar system (east–west orientation) and induction cooking. The building envelope is highly insulated, is made from SIPs (structural insulated panels), uses reverse block veneer for thermal mass and has double glazing. A blower door test showed a 4.7 ACH (Australian average is 15.4), which reduces excess heating and cooling costs and provides greater comfort. The only active cooling is provided by ceiling fans; a wood heater is used for heating.

Water hasn’t been forgotten, and the house has 7000L of rainwater storage, a drought-tolerant garden, WELS-rated taps and fittings throughout, and efficient appliances. Landscaping is designed for water retention and, to reduce building materials, solar panels double as the carport roof.

Article written by Rachael Bernstone and professional photos taken by Finn Howard – see more and read the full article from Sanctuary issue 44.

Ed from the City of Adelaide Enfield Council visited Mark at his home. To find out more about sustainable homes in Adelaide, click here.


Previously Open
Total cost of home when constructed
Universal Design Features
No stairs/steps
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
BAL Rating
Roofing materials
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Reverse brick veneer
Structural insulated panels (SIPs)
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Window and door shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Recycled and reused
Minimal waste taken off site during construction
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Roof blanket
Rating: R1.5
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Insulated panel system
Rating: R3.1
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R2.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Asthma- and allergy-free certified carpet
Chemical-free cleaning products used
Cross-flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
Energy star rating type
First Rate
Energy star rating
8.2 Stars
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid-connected
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Wood heater Blaze B100
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Low-flow shower heads
Low-flow taps
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Native plants
Water-wise plants
Getting ready for bee keeping