Alan’s House 2021

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House Notes – Alan’s House

This house was a standard 1960’s era cream brick veneer. It’s now 10+ stars (carbon negative). Contains all the usual low energy adaptions, some less common features and some you wont see anywhere else!

Things you wont see anywhere else: solar space heating, ground source geothermal air con.

Less common features: portico west entrance, sky walls, multiple seasonal shade options, honeycomb blinds, insulated widow shutters, electric car, electric bike, electric gardening, induction cooking, solar hot water with heat pump booster, hot water insulated room, bespoke insulated front door, grid interactive battery, double draft proofing, off grid PV, self sufficient off grid water, low energy granny flat, shower dome, heat recovery ventilation.

Common features; super insulation, double glazing, oversized eaves, solar PV, vege garden, low water garden, worm farm.

All described in detail in past editions of Renew magazine.

Photos by Ben Wrigley.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2021
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Geothermal
      Heat exchange ventilation system
      Heat pump
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
      Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Kona
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Honeycomb blinds
      Pelmets
      Shade Sails
      Shutters
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.5
    • Floor Type:
    • Foil + polystyrene boards
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • foil + glass roll
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.5
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R1.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3
    • External Walls Type:
    • glass batts and polystyrene boards
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Geothermal
      Solar PV grid connect
      Solar PV off-grid

    • Size of PV system:
    • 6.6 kW + 3 kW
    • Renewable energy
    • Solar space heating
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • ?
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • ?
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • -$2000 (makes money)
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 185
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Automated ventilation system
      Cross flow ventilation
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Briar hill VIC 3088
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Builder
    • self
    • Designer
    • Owner builder

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