Dacelo House 2020

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Location
Inverleigh VIC 3321
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • SO'R Construction

About Dacelo House

This house is the personal home of one of Victoria’s few professional strawbale builders. Shamus O’Reilly and his young family have now been working on their dream home for years and are now loving living in it.

The house, named Dacelo after the local Kookaburras, is a country style strawbale home built for efficacy. Shamus’ Construction company, SO’R Construction specializes in strawbale building and this home is a show piece of just what is achievable, even on a budget.

The house features burnished concrete floors and a recycled red brick internal wall for thermal mass. All the finishes inside the home are natural and low or zero VOC. It was important for the owners to build a home that was healthy for their young family, the use of clay render inside the home helps to filter and purify the internal air. The house is situated on two acres that is slowly being covered in fruit trees, a veggie garden and a chook run, edible and native gardens and lots of trees.

A 5kW solar system was installed on the shed roof during the build to reduce their carbon footprint and now supplies the all-electric house with ample power through the year.

A worm farm septic system takes care of all the wastewater and two large stainless steel tanks provide ample clean water for the property. The house itself being strawbale is super insulated and a true passive solar design, large north facing windows allow heat in during the day and a pergola provides shade through summer.

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8 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
      Deciduous planting around house
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • wood fire
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Worm farm septic tank system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Stainless steel tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 64,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Clay render
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Bottles
      Bricks
      Concrete
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk - Earthwool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polystyrene board
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.2
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • wool blanket
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.3
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R8.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Straw (stawbale walls)
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.5kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $550,000 (in 2019)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $50,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Strawbale
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement
      Double glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Rocker style light switches
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Greenhouse
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      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
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      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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