Frog Palace 2019

Location
Brentwood WA 6153
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation



About Frog Palace

Frog Palace is a loving retrofit of a post-war, double-brick construction. Over 25 years, the original grass-desert has been replaced with an orchard, chickens, veggies and herbs, as well as zones for native species. A partial land swap means that instead of a shadowed back-yard, the garden now enjoys a double frontage. Our expanded northern aspect delivers solar passive comfort as well as savings.

Katherine’s commitment to living lightly and kindly is evident in ever-improving systems. She’s passionate about sharing environmental insights and life-hacks. Frog Palace is a hub for neighbours and travelers interested in intentional living.

Bruce is a guru of all things energy and transport related. You’ll see our electric vehicles (car and bikes) at SHD.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV EV on display for SHD

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 7 kL
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 1000 litres
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
      Solar skylight
      Tubular skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Mitsubishi i-MiEV + two electric bikes
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Pelmets
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Steel beams, timber and roof tiles
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Reclaimed tiles, steel and timber beams in extension. Almost all garden components are salvaged.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Basins/sinks
      Bathroom cabinets
      Bricks
      Concrete
      Doors
      Glass
      Kitchen cabinets
      Paving
      Rocks/stone
      Roofing material
      Timber
      Windows

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R2.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Reflective polystyrene
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 3 kWhr
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 150m2 approx.
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Tiles (Clay)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
    • Window and Door Types
    • Sliding windows/doors
      Skylights
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Various heights for benches in kitchens
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
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
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      No carpets