Equanimity Foundation 2020

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Location
Coopers Plains QLD 4108
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Reproduction Queenslander
    • Open with support of
    • Renew Brisbane Branch
    • Builder
    • Designer Homes P/L
    • Designer
    • Garth Chapman Tradition Queenslander

About Equanimity Foundation

This family home is for sale. The undivided block allowed enough space for us to build a mini-farm. The rainwater harvesting system of 30,000 litres and the established garden of fruit and nut trees with its fully reticulated irrigation system are the stand-out features. Completed in a quiet pocket of Coopers Plains (Brisbane) in 2011 as a reproduction Queenslander, it is known locally as ‘the nice house’.

The builder was instructed to include many features that set it apart as sustainable and make it thermally comfortable with minimal power and water bills. There is potential to expand the garden bungalow to a self-contained flat. We chose the location because it’s flat, so we can cycle to shops. It’s walking distance to QE11 hospital and Griffith University, well serviced by public transport and is 15 mins drive to the city. Some materials have been recycled from the previous dwelling such as sleepers, doors and steps.

I have run “Equanimity Foundation” as an experimental eco share house, where tenants can grow food and live sustainably and affordably. I am moving to an eco-village in Maleny.

Much of what happens here is inspired by the goals of various movement advocating sustainability, such as Eco Villages Australia, The Zeitgeist Movement, The Henry Project, Beyond Zero Emissions and Sustainable Population Australia. To find out more go to our website Equanimity Foundation.

Builders: Designer Homes Qld P/L (Andrew Black) and Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders draughtsman Kevin Hincksman

Photography for this house is credited to Glen Weiss

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
2016
2017
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Rainwater storage - Underground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 50 litres of TOWN WATER only
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • concrete tank under driveway
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 22,500 litres
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Slim line poly tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 8,000 litres
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Drapes/curtains
      External window hoods/surrounds

    • Window Protection:
    • Security fly screens
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Some wood, doors and windows on the bungalow are recycled
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Doors
      Pallets
      Sleepers
      Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Batts
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 2.5R
    • Floor Type:
    • Soundproofing insulation
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 3.5kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.87kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $603,662m (buildings & furnishings)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $40,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $4000 per/year
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 274.20m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Cladding with insulation
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Double hung
      Louvre windows
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Stair lift
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
      Window openings easily accessible

    • Universal Design Features
    • Heritage look
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 5
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Irrigation pipes to whole garden, French drain, Pond, diciduous trees,
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds

    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours

    • Other Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Community currency to sell it forward
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation

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