Get More from 1974 2019

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Location
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement

About Get More from 1974

Our house was built in 1974 and is a standard single-story brick veneer with 4 bedrooms. It has been our home since 1998. We are now a family of 3, and have been learning about and taking action on ‘sustainability’ since 2006. Our approach is: ‘be the change you wish to see’. Over the last 13 years we have progressively taken many (little, big, low-tech & DIY!) actions to reduce our direct usage of fossil fuels, mains water and try to limit our overall ecological impact.

DOWN WITH FOSSIL FUELS:
We have:

  • Replaced roof with added R3.1 insulation
  • Installed angled shade sail
  • Sealed all internal vents
  • Installed solar panels
  • Retrofitted secondary glazing on windows
  • Installed solar hot water
  • Invested in 2 Electric Vehicles
  • Installed solar ventilation
  • Changed all light-bulbs
  • Seasonally use Renshade and other DIY blinds
  • Use cross-ventilation and passive heating/cooling
  • Made DIY window pelmets

as well as consciously minimised our energy consumption.

RESULTS:
Electricity usage per day = 5-11kWh (depending on season and EV charging) – compared to benchmark of 18kWh in our suburb.
Gas (winter peak) usage per day = 194MJ – compared to benchmark of 340MJ per day.
Gas (summer) usage per day = 31MJ – compared to benchmark of 58MJ per day.

DOWN WITH MAINS WATER:
We have: installed 5 rainwater collection tanks and plumbed to toilet and washing machine, re-used grey and tap water within the home & garden, used mulch on garden beds, as well as consciously minimised our water consumption.

RESULTS:
Mains water usage per day = 100-220 litres (depending on season) – compared to benchmark of 500 litres in summer and 395 litres in winter, and Target 155.

DOWN WITH OVERALL ECOLOGICAL IMPACT:
We have: grown our own (limited range of) vegetables, DIY worm-farm, composted all organic matter, enjoyed back-yard chickens (sadly no longer with us), re-used and recycled things, generally tried to ‘consume with a conscience’, eaten less meat, shifted money to ethical funds, and as a family love going on regular ‘Op-Shop Crawls’!

Our story can show it is possible to “Get More from 1974” – even when the house is old, has numerous design faults, and is poorly oriented on the site. We would like to share what we have learned, and inspire others.

BMW i3 REx EV on display for SHD

The house also achieved 7 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Gas ducted heating
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 0.06 kL
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Rain water tanks, combination of plastic and steel
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 4000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
      Toilet
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • BMW i3 REx
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Pelmets
      Shade Sails

    • Window Protection:
    • Renshade - reflective foil window covering used in summer
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R1.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R3.1
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 1.7kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 2-4kW
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 165m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning

    • Window and Door Types
    • Retrofit - secondary glazing with Magnetite
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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