Farrier Lane House 2024

House Notes – Farrier Lane House

This new home enabled a young architect to test and evaluate possible pathways to create a super-sustainable and healthy home for his young family, and to pave the way for other homeowners who share the same environmental aspirations.

Matt Delroy-Carr was especially motivated to provide climate-responsive design solutions for young couples and families, many of whom who have been unfairly locked out of home ownership by rising property prices.

Located on a small, subdivided lot facing a back lane in White Gum Valley, the design makes the most of its outlook into mature trees, with more than half the site given over to gardens and greenery, whilst also maximising the northern orientation of the site.

Matt approached the design of his own home as an R&D project, to test and evaluate the best ways to reduce operational and embodied carbon in design and construction, while creating a healthy and comfortable environment for his young family.

As such, this house provides much-needed proof that a net-zero future is within our reach, and that it’s readily available to homeowners at every age and stage of their lives.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal chimney
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.3
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6.3kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • between 6-9kWh per day total during summer (2 adults 2 kids)
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $550,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1200-$1500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 147 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
Location
White Gum Valley WA 6162
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Bruce Construction Design
    • Designer
    • MDC Architects

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