15D North @ Wandin 2024

House Notes – 15D North @ Wandin

Our family of five have lived on our 3 acre property for nearly 24 years. The first 23 years was in an old weatherboard house located close to the road vulnerable to bushfire risk and extremely cold during three seasons. Researching www.yourhome.gov.au and subsequently Renew’s Sanctuary magazine set in motion a fresh start.

We started with “yourhome” free house plan which seemed perfect for our North facing and gently sloping paddock. We then engaged Planet Architecture to design the new house using the free house plan on yourhome.gov as a starting point. Our paddock driveway was cut in November 2021 and we moved-in in April 2023. We are delighted with the result.

Our new house is North facing on a concrete slab (insulated under and edge). We have incorporated thermal mass with an internal brick wall, cross ventilation with awning windows and operable clerestory windows to flush out warm air. Also, double glazing throughout the house and have ceiling fans in living and all bedrooms. We have window shrouds over North and East facing windows and have no west facing windows.

Our bushfire rating is BAL-29. We have 2 x 10,000 water tanks – one reserved for cfa fire fighting and the other for toilet flushing, laundry, drinking and garden taps. Our energy rating is 8.4 stars.

We have a wood heater moved from old house and have installed a split system unit (so far not used), heat pump hot water and intend to install solar panels in the near future. We have incorporated extensive use of recycled products including deck timber, external wall cladding timber sanded back to life, lighting, and cupboard handles. We have mined Marketplace for many other products.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • wood heater
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 67
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Metal Water Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 10,000L plus static 10,000l for bushfire
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • External window hoods/surrounds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Recycled hardwood (BAL-29 rated) timber used for deck and external cladding. Sanded and re-oiled.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Bricks
      Cladding
      Decking
      Light fixtures / fittings
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polystyrene board
    • Floor Rating:
    • 2.15
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 1.3
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • 2.7
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 2.7
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 700000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 190
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Colorbond)
      Reverse Brick veneer
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Orchard
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
Location
Wandin North VIC 3139
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Felmark Constructions
    • Designer
    • Planet Architecture (Marie Carrel)

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