Eco-Tourism Village Huon Bush Retreats 2019

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Location
Huonville TAS 7109
    • Housing Type:
    • Holiday Rental/Hotel Accommodation
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Paul Dimmick and team (owner builder)
    • Designer
    • Village designed and built by Paul Dimmick and team using kit items from Statewide Constructions

About Eco-Tourism Village Huon Bush Retreats

At Huon Bush Retreats, we do more than just greenwash. We have designed our business so that there is a net environmental benefit. We achieve this through protection of large areas of natural habitat, careful choice of building materials, a mix of energy sources and neutral water cycle.

Click to see the current location of continuous circular tour. (Will only work on the day)

The cabins frames and cladding are steel to be extremely fire-resistant. This allows each cabin to be nestled in its own environment, in close contact with the surroundings. Cabins are fully insulated and heated by modern wood-fired heaters. We grow more wood on-site than we consume.

Solar-generated electricity operates the lights and music throughout the entire site. At reception, we convert this 12-volt electricity to 240-volt to run office equipment. Composting toilets mean there is no blackwater discharge and they halve our total water consumption. Our water treatment separates grease, then lint and particles. The remaining greywater goes to evapo-transpiration beds.

A private community reserve protects the entire forest surrounding Mt Misery. Diverse vegetation includes open grasslands, sub-alpine heathlands, open woodlands, eucalypt regrowth, towering old-growth (with 60m-tall, 350-year-old giants) and rainforest. As part of Mt Misery Habitat Reserve, we value all aspects of the natural environment, including landscapes, rocks, soil and water.

We make sure that everything we do has a large environmental bias. One example is our carbon balance. Calculations using National Greenhouse Office methodologies indicate an overall carbon balance of 3,898 tonnes positive per year.

This property is opening with the help of Mt Misery Habitat Reserve Landcare Group and all donations will go to Mount Misery walking track.

Chat to a member of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) about EV’s they will have their Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on display for SHD

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2010
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting

    • Energy efficiency:
    • Our own carbon sink in a substantial protected forest area
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Sustainable woodlot
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Grey water system
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 110,000 litres
    • Storage connected to
    • Whole house
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Drapes/curtains
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • road drainage culverts
    • Sustainable materials:
    • The cabins themselves are all steel, so we do not need wide fire breaks. We protect a large area of native vegetation, both replanted farmland and old-growth forest. We are 3800 tonnes p.a. carbon positive.
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV off-grid

    • Renewable energy
    • Firewood from our woodlot
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $1,400,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 11 buildings, from teepees to 2-bedroom houses
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (steel frame)
    • Universal design accessability
    • Universal access
      Wheelchair access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 7
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 6
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Extensive covenant-protected forest reserve
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Native plants
      Water wise plants

    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle

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