“Aristida” strawbale off-grid house 2017

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House Notes – “Aristida” strawbale off-grid house

Constructed in 1999, this strawbale house with off-grid power, water and wastewater self-sufficiency, has stood the test of time and is testament to sustainable living in every way. On offer are the following;

  • Proven self-sufficiency incorporating alternative building techniques and engineering, low cost systems, natural and quality recycled materials, heat exclusion and the benefits of heat-reflective coatings
  • Energy-efficient home with very low running costs, requiring no air conditioning during summer, and heated with wood harvested from the property during winter
  • 3-way water heating (solar, combustion thermo-siphon, gas) and complementary combustion heater/stove
  • Demonstration of the long-term use of off-grid solar power – current system includes 3.6 kilowatt 48v system with battery storage (rated at 52.8 kWh), plus independent 400w 12v  system (for refrigeration)
  • Energy management, energy-efficient lighting, stabilised earth floor system, stairway spindles from farm forestry system
  • Water self-sufficiency with 65,000 litres rainwater storage, gravity-fed pressure to the house, large dam for garden irrigation, additional stock dam, and two environmental dams
  • Two wastewater recycling systems consisting of reed bed treatment, composting toilet, and wet composting wastewater system with conventional ultra-low flush toilet
  • Detached strawbale building with use as office, utility room, or fourth bedroom
  • Vegetable garden and fruit/nut orchard based on permaculture principles, including chooks, composting systems, summer shade
  • Demonstration of low cost solar food dryers and end-products
  • Simple low cost roof-top fire sprinkler system and the benefits of fire-retardant vegetation

 

Designed by :Des Menz (Civil Engineer/Building Designer)

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2011
2017
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading
      Cross ventilation

    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
      Greywater system
      Stormwater management
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 95,000L
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Some windows and doors, timber wall linings, beams, carpet, timber for cabinetry
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Timber
      Windows
      Paving
      Kitchen/bath cabinets
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Corrugated steel
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R7
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage

    • Renewable energy
    • Bio-energy
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $150,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 192m2
    • Window and Door Types
    • Low-e, films
      Louvre windows
    • Universal Design Features
    • Disability access
      Multi-generational
      Adaptive design

    • Universal Design Features
    • Timber portal frame design, open plan, thermal mass, shading, solar access, strategic connections
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
      Water wise plants
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Composting
      Native plants
      Chickens
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Timber, non-fossil energy based materials, non-toxic paint
Location
Armagh SA 5453
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement

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