West Brunswick Sustainable House 2017

West Brunswick Sustainable House
Brunswick West VIC 3055
Full address will be displayed on 05 Sep 2019
10am to 4pm
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin donation to Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Donations supporting
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
RetrofitContinual Improvement
House Size
165 m2, and 30m2 bungalow office
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

The West Brunswick Sustainable House was Victoria’s first grid connected solar powered house. In 2017 the house is celebrating 21 consecutive years of generating a surplus of solar electricity. The home owners last paid for electricity in 1996! The house is a 1929 Californian bungalow style weatherboard, which has been retrofitted for sustainability.

As well as solar electricity, the house features;

  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Greywater treatment
  • Double glazed windows
  • Roof windows, insulation
  • Shading
  • Permaculture style garden
  • Chooks
  • Worm farms
  • Composting

$328 raised in donations on the day will go to Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service

Listen to Stuart’s story on 774 ABC Radio published on 5th September 2017.


Previously Open
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$75,000 over 25 years
Estimate of annual savings
21 years of surplus solar electricity generates a modest income
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Recycled and reused
Sustainable materials
Cypress Macrocarpa timber
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Cellulose, foil, polyester, foilboard
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - Other
Some external walls and floors have insulation
Healthy home
Low voc paint
Energy star rating type
Connected to gas?
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Openable roof windows
Active heating cooling
Heat exchange ventilation system
Heat pump
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground storage
Greywater system
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Storage connected to
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Native plants