Wolfe House (House Sold) 2018

Wolfe House (House Sold)
Warragul VIC 3820
10am - 4pm
House Open Style
Open House - No Booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Neerim Project Design
Steve Fowler Gippsland Building & Maintenance
House Size
165 sq m
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Baw Baw Sustainability Network

This home has been sold and is unlikely to open for SHD in the future

For a long time I have been passionate about energy efficiency so when I purchased this property which was a “renovator’s delight”, it seemed logical to achieve the highest possible standard that I could economically obtain. I have worked in the power generation industry all of my life and I could foresee the rapid increase in energy prices coming so the intention was to produce a house that left minimal footprint and relied little on services.

This house renovation was a part time interest that took approximately 5 years to complete. As I carried out a lot of the grunt work myself under the direction of my builder, it is very satisfying to sit back and enjoy the benefits. I am an Electrician specialising in lighting so great detail went into careful selection and semi-automation of the electrics throughout the house. I am quite proud of the fact that over a 12 month period, the usage costs of electricity, gas and water has been less than $400 in total.

Incorporated in the design is a 4.5kW PV system, rainwater storage tanks, solar storage hot water and low maintenance gardens. The inclusion of electrically operated clerestory windows promotes cross flow circulation in hotter weather drawing air across a pond located on the south side of the building. The carport is fitted with a power supply to allow charging of my plug-in hybrid vehicle. Synthetic lawns (including the nature strip) ensure there is never a need for mowing.



Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements.
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Insulated panels or blocks
Window and door types
Bi Fold
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Air Cell
Rating: R2.0
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk - glass wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Insulated panel system
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk - glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Smart home features
Electric vehicle
Manufacturer/type:Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Colorbond rainwater tank
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Garden / Outdoors
Native plants
Water wise plants
Synthetic grass