Cheese House 2020

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Location
Coburg VIC 3058
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Builder
    • Positive Footprints
    • Designer
    • Positive Footprints

About Cheese House

The Cheese House is a cost effective example of using a renovation to create a great, sustainable and comfortable home.

It’s home is an innovative 7.9 star passive solar design renovation and retrofit with key features including:

  • water collection & efficient water re-use
  • conventional & phase change thermal mass
  • low embodied energy construction materials
  • extensive environmental specification

The Cheese House is an example of a deep retrofit of an existing structure that’s created a new connection with the rear yard, and a healthy interior in which the family can live and grow in.

Part 2 video can be viewed here

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.9 stars using NatHERS accredited software.

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

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
      Hydronic
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Hot water recirculation

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 70L per person
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Colorbond slimline tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 5,000L
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Redwater valves to save cold hot water going down the drain. Rainwater plumbed to flush toilets and run cold in laundry.
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
      Honeycomb blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Phase Change Material (PCM) sheets under the ceiling plaster in the upper floor to help mitigate summer heat buildup
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Appliances
      Bath
      Bricks
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polyester
    • Floor Rating:
    • R3.0 to subfloor and R4.0 between floors
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • R1.8 foil backed rockwool blanket. Airgap. R5.0 batt.
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • Total R7.0+ (including airspace)
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • Reflective foil, airgap, R2.7 batt, airgap, brick. R3.5+
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.9 stars
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 4.7kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • ~3.25kWh / day net consumption
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $384,600
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $20,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 159m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
      Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Casement
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Retrofit Double Glazing
      Skylights
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Greenhouse
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Organic
      Native plants
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish

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