The Snail House 2018

HOUSE NAME
The Snail House
Address
Yackandandah VIC 3749
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Designer
Fabian Burder
Builder
Fabian Burder
House Size
220m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
2

Our house is a snail-shaped octagonal strawbale house. We were determined that it would be a strawbale house with a little bit of class. It is designed to be energy efficient, and to make full use of passive solar and natural light. The windows are double-glazed and there is generous insulation to complement the strawbales. The power system is off-grid solar with generator backup. It is a very comfortable house to live in and its efficiency has surprised us.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2018
Total cost of home when constructed
$400,000
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Concrete blocks
Strawbale
Timber
Window and door types
Double glazing
Double hung
Sliding windows/doors
Recycled and reused
Doors
Sustainable materials
Strawbale
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Blanket
Rating: R1.3
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R4.1
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Bulk – polystyrene board
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross-flow ventilation
Lime render/wash
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV off-grid
Size of PV system
3kW
Water heating
PV thermal
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross-ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Hydronic
Solar hydronic
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Native plants