The house on the hill 2019

The house on the hill
Upper Beaconsfield VIC 3810
Booking required – see link below
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Sustainable House Day 2020
Housing Type
Stand alone family home with granny flat
Project Type
New Build
Akrob Property Group
Dragan Vulin - Akrob Property Group
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

Book your tickets here to visit The house on the hill. All profits from these tickets will go to Renew to assist with Sustainable House Day 2020
This home is open for pre-booked tours only, the address will not be displayed. 

From the outset our dream was to build a home not only for us but for our children and the children’s grandparents. Additional costs and benefits from sustainable elements are difficult to quantify as we also have BAL 40 requirements nor have we lived in the home yet so all current costs quoted are estimates.

The house is brick veneer, using recycled bricks with a colorbond roof. Our home is wrapped with a vapour permeable wall insulation wrap with all joints taped to reduce air leakage. Entry is via a mud room (providing an air lock) that reduces heat gain/loss when entering or leaving. Two internal brick walls help moderate temperature by providing thermal mass in the main living areas.

All windows are thermally broken double glazed aluminium. There are also four mechanically operated windows positioned in the centre of the cathedral ceiling allowing for sunlight into the centre of the home and for purging of unwanted hot air during the summer months. Majority of windows are positioned to the north and east to maximise natural light. The homes internal temperature will be maintained by a 3 phase refrigerated heating cooling unit. It is expected the 10kW solar system installed on the stable roof should offset power used. Hot water will be provided by 2 heat pump units.

Outside we have sheep and alpacas that reduce the need for mechanical grass maintenance and provide us with organic fertilizer for the vegetable garden and small orchard. We are fortunate to have grandad tending to the “food factory” with our children and their cousins enjoying many seasonal delights, as well as knowing what tomatoes should taste like.

No mains water connected, requires us to collect all rain water and with a total water storage capacity of nearly 200,000 litres, we have never needed to buy in additional water . A 22,500 litre water tank positioned uphill provides gravity fed water to the food factory. Rainwater is collected from the roof to use on the property. Once the house is built we plan to build a chook house which will provide joy, eggs and additional fertilizer.

Future plans include diverting waste water to gardens, battery storage for the solar system, edible plants and herbs planted around the outdoor entertaining area, indoor plants, a natural pool with a windmill to pump water through reed beds for filtration, edible plantings throughout the gardens and some deciduous plants along the northern elevation to provide for passive shading in summer.

Read more in the Gazette, Sustainable living starts at home, story written by Jessica Anstice


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


The house also achieved 10 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.



Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal design accessability
Universal access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
Shower head on rail for various heights
Slip resistant flooring
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
Window openings easily accessible
BAL Rating
BAL – 40: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 40kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Brick veneer
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Recycled and reused
Light fixtures
Rocks excavated from site used as retaining wall for house footprint, left over reo bar used for the balustrade. Recycled bricks to be used for outdoor paving along with permeable toppings to allow water penetration.
Sustainable materials
Window positioning to allow for natural light and ventilation via cross breezes. Installation installed by myself to ensure correct installation.
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5.3
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5 to some internal walls
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
Wax based sealer/finish
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal chimney
Thermal mass
Shading with deciduous plants to the north side planned in the future
Active heating cooling
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Multiple tanks for fire fighting, garden watering and domestic use
Size: 197,500L
Low flow shower heads
Not connected to main water so we collect all water from all roofing for use onsite.
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps