Candlebark House 2020

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Location
Daylesford VIC 3460
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Owner Builder
    • Designer
    • Self designed in conjunction with GB ARCH Designs

About Candlebark House

The focus of the project we designed and built ourselves was to create a long-term productive haven for ourselves, our extended family and friends. We wanted a self sustaining ecosystem that incorporates the local flora and fauna in the design. Keeping this idea in mind the home was built in Central Victoria on 1.3 acres land. This was a favourable choice for the home because the site had a large deep dam, it backs onto the bush and has spectacular views of the town which is only 1.5 km away from the site.

To achieve this we focused on three key areas and used these as our guiding principles throughout the project:

Energy efficiency – we leveraged features such as north facing orientation, thermal mass, heat banks, green roof (not yet complete), insulation, double glazing, no gas, efficient appliances, LED lighting, heat pumps for hot water all run off a 5kW solar system.
Low impact – choosing materials with low embodied energy e.g. reclaimed timbers, recycled materials e.g. bricks, low VOC paints, eco friendly carpet, minimised excavation, planting of trees and food gardens, managing waste on-site, choosing pre-loved furniture and minimising toxic materials.
Future proofing – water capture with water tanks, design of landscape focused on food production, design of house allows for two dwellings in one and main living area of house has disability accessibility e.g. wheelchair access.

Having complete control over the project really allowed us to enjoy the creative process as well as the challenges of what building a house from scratch can bring. We now have such a lovely home that exceeds our expectations everyday.

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6.4 stars using NatHERS accredited software.

Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

 

 

 

 

Images for this house by: Rowena Naylor Photography

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

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2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal chimney
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 80L
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • water tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 36,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • - recycled rubber for green roof - internal ducting used a recycled bin lid - recycled fiberglass for fire proofing main wood heater - recycled timber stumps - recycled timber bearer and joists - reclaimed blackbutt cladding - decking posts and balastrade recycled timber - main front door recycled timber - barn style roller tracks recycled - recycled and seconds bricks
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Cladding
      Floorboards
      Insulation
      Rocks/stone
      Timber

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Earthwool recycled glass
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6
    • Floor Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Earthwool recycled glass
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R4
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 4kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $750,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $200,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 330m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Green roof
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Hebel blocks
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Bi Fold
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No Corner cupboards
      Power points at 60cm above floor level and 50cm from internal corners
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Chickens
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Green roof
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Natural swimming pool
      Water wise plants
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Recycle coffee grounds from nearby cafe's
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish

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