Folk Of All Trades Strawbale Home 2020

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Location
Aldinga, Kaurna Yarta SA 5173
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Owner Builder (Building Works Supervisor - Lance Kairl)
    • Designer
    • Bohdan Dorniak & Co.

About Folk Of All Trades Strawbale Home

This small strawbale house is our first home, after years of planning (and watching too many episodes of Grand Designs). We wanted something super energy efficient, relatively low cost, and filled with natural materials. It’s two bedrooms, one bathroom, and has both a mudroom and a pantry. Our other priority for the block was a generous productive garden, so we prioritised that first (east and north aspects). We’ve been in the home over two years and it’s performing and feeling great.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • PV thermal
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Stormwater management
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Galv tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 35,000L
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      Honeycomb blinds
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Basins/sinks
      Bathroom cabinets
      Benchtops
      Bricks
      Copper pipes/fittings
      Doors
      Excavated earth
      Shipping container
      Timber
      Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Roof blanket
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.8
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Cobb
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.7
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R7.0+
    • External Walls Type:
    • Straw (stawbale walls)
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.5kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $185,000-235,000 (depending on what you count eg garden, solar)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 0
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $4,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 120m2
    • Roof
    • Green roof
      Metal (Galvanised)
    • Wall Materials
    • Strawbale
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Greenhouse
      Green roof
      Green walls
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
      Wax based sealer/finish

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