Whiptail Strawbale House 2019

HOUSE NAME
Whiptail Strawbale House
Address
Rathdowney QLD 4287
Booking required – see link below
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Wild Mountains Trust Open Day: Booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Designer
Emma Scragg Architect
Builder
Rob Peagram Builder
House Size
138m2 including walls plus 145m2 covered outdoor areas
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
1
Open with support of
Wild Mountains Trust, Nature Play

Whiptail is a recently completed strawbale home which forms part of the Wild Mountains Environmental Education Centre. It sits on the spectacular west-facing slope of the Border Ranges with living spaces oriented to the north to capture winter sun through large recycled timber doors and other spaces opening to the expansive views of the Scenic Rim. The building was constructed over 5 years with volunteer and paid labour and features load-bearing strawbale walls, earth floors, recycled hardwood framing and linings and secondhand doors. Ceilings are lined with Paulonia plywood chosen for its rapid renewal and its lightweight properties. The building maintains a comfortable temperature range through summer and winter aided by the thermal mass of the floor and the super insulating properties of the straw walls and heavily insulated ceiling.

Power is supplied by a nearby solar array with battery bank provides more than enough for the house and has provided power during the construction of the neighbouring residence. Energy-efficient light fittings include Brightgreen downlights and custom-made pendants from salvaged materials.

Rainwater consumption is reduced by use of a composting toilet and greywater from the solar heated shower, kitchen and washing machine is treated on a terrace below the house.
Permaculture gardens are planned for improved food self-sufficiency.

  • Recycled hardwood framing, lining, windows and doors
  • Recycled polyester insulation
  • Strawbale and local earth render – low embodied energy
  • High insulation levels for stable, cooler internal temperatures
  • Earth floor – much lower embodied energy than concrete
  • Plantation plywood and locally sourced pine for cabinetry

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
Total cost of home when constructed
$208,000
BAL Rating
BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Zincalume)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Strawbale
Window and door types
Double glazing
Recycled and reused
Appliances
Basins/sinks
Bottles
Doors
Glass
Light fixtures
Paving
Rocks/stone
Sleepers
Timber
Windows
Sustainable materials
Recycled hardwood framing, lining, windows and doors. Recycled polyester insulation
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Aircell
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – polyester
Insulation - External walls
Type: Straw (stawbale walls)
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
Chemical free cleaning products used
Lime render/wash
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
Wax based sealer/finish
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV off-grid
Size of PV system
7kW
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Shading
Thermal mass
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type:
Size: 80,000L
Grey water system
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Garden / Outdoors
Composting
Edible garden
Organic
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Plastic free household
Recycle
Repair
Swap with friends and neighbours