Barlow’s Hill House 2020

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Location
Barlows Hill QLD 4703
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Open with support of
    • Capricorn Coast Land Care

About Barlow’s Hill House

Since purchasing this 36 year-old two-storey concrete block home 20 years ago, it has been progressively renovated to add sustainable features to make it more comfortable, reduce its environmental footprint and to cope with climate change. While it’s still a work in progress, the house is ideally oriented and special attention has been given to shading and ventilation. This house has also been draught proofed and lighting and appliances have been replaced with more energy efficient options.

Sustainable features to inspect include: 

  • Excellent east-west orientation for shade and views
  • 2KW solar panels
  • solar-powered cooling fan for solar inverter
  • Electric car charger on Tariff 33
  • water tank
  • Solar hot water with automatic off-peak electric booster
  • White-painted roof to reflect heat
  • Low-energy LED lights – including 18W tube in kitchen
  • Ceiling fans with powder-coated blades to extend life
  • Single air conditioner in bedroom
  • Triple-stacking sliding doors to improve ventilation
  • Unique tension membrane shade structure on verandah – outdoor living
  • Stair climber for elderly visitors / residents
  • Bamboo flooring in lounge room – self-laid
  • Additional polystyrene ceiling insulation on upper floor
  • Additional shade awning over northern glass doors downstairs
  • Window shutters provide cyclone security and shade during spring and autumn
  • Trees planted for shade – all sides including deciduous frangipanis on south side
  • Fruit trees in garden – orange, lime, lemon, banana, Brazilian cherry, paw paw, passionfruit
  • Timer – controlled micro-irrigation
  • Garden mulch produced on site – Ozito mulcher
  • Composting
  • Clothesline for drying
  • Front-loading washing machine
  • Minimum flush toilets
  • Low-flow shower heads

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 0.4kL (40L) /day
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Poly water tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3000L
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Timer-controlled spray irrigation
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Tesla Model 3
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Shade Sails
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Bamboo flooring in lounge/dining room
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Rocks/stone
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • Polystyrene tiles under ceiling
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 6kWh/day
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $90,000 in 1984 estimate
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $22,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Concrete slab
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
    • Window and Door Types
    • Sliding windows/doors
      Stacking windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Rocker style light switches
      Slip resistant flooring
      Stair lift
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Fruit - Orange, lime, lemon, Brazilian cherry, passion fruit, banana, soursop,
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Native plants

    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Recycle
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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