Earthship Ironbank is Australia’s first council-approved Earthship, and it’s also a BnB for everyone to enjoy! The purpose of this building is to educate people about Earthship design principles and let them experience off-grid living in a self-sufficient home.
Because it’s the first of its kind to be approved in Australia, this project also demonstrates radical new construction methods, such as the use of earth-filled car tyres (without concrete footings!) that are compliant with the National Construction Code and with council.
At Sustainable House Day you can meet the designer and owner-builder, Dr Martin Freney, whose PhD thesis investigated the environmental impacts of various house construction materials and off-grid living systems. What’s the most sustainable way to build your home? Dr Marty knows!
This house has a myriad of sustainability features, including:
- Earth floors (sooo sustainable – no cement)
- Ferro-cement earth-covered roof (bushfire proof)
- Earth-sheltered design using earth-filled tyre walls (super energy efficient)
- Greenhouse for food production
- Wastewater treatment
- Passive heating and cooling
- Underground earth tubes for passive heating and cooling
- Earth- and lime renders
- Tadelakt bathtub made from cans and bottles
- Off-grid renewable energy system with battery bank
- 60,000L of rainwater tanks, one of which is made out of 300 car tyres
- Bushfire sprinklers powered by batteries.
Folks, you’re gonna have to see it to believe it!
Read more about Earthship Ironbank in issue R133 of Renew magazine.
This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6.3 stars using NatHERS accredited software (AccuRate). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.