Flindersia 2024

House Notes – Flindersia

Built on the Toowoomba escarpment, our 100% off-grid home focuses on being sustainable, resilient and uses automation and smart home technologies to optimise the resources we have available. Our design considers the orientation and natural landscape to best make use of the site, taking advantage of the mountain behind us to block the harsh western sun in summer afternoons, whilst still receiving winter sunshine late into the evening. This incredibly gives us a uniform sunset time all year round.

Floor to ceiling windows capture magnificent winter morning sunshine, and polished concrete floors throughout offering a large temperature-stabilising thermal mass. Wide opening doors and cross ventilation design to make the most of summer breeze whilst the single story floorplan provides the a large roof area for rainwater capture. We have also incorporated a number of controls to manage bushfire risk and high strength to protect against gale forced winds.

Our house offers a space for any time of the year, with wide verandahs to enjoy perfect spring and autumn afternoons, and a cozy fire at the foot of the bed for snuggling on a cold winter morning.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features

    • Energy efficiency:
    • Home automation for energy management
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ducted airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Electric element
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Blackwater system
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 70
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tanks, dam
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 75kL
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Rainwater capture Off-grid solar power On site sewage treatment Low maintenance polished flooring High thermal mass
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 3.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 1.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV off-grid
    • Size of PV system:
    • 14kw solar
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 6.25kwh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 500,000 (2019)
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 0
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 400
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double hung
      Sliding windows/doors
      Stacking windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No stairs/steps
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Edible garden
      Orchard
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Repair
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Automated ventilation system
      Cross flow ventilation
Location
Blanchview QLD 4352
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Tim Smith Constructions
    • Designer
    • Pavillion Studio

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