Glowhaus 2024

House Notes – Glowhaus

We want to build a passivhaus as our forever family home that will reduce our allergies, be energy efficient and resilient in the face of climate change. We selected prefabricated Passivhaus certified structurally insulated panels from Carbonlite to reduce construction waste, use materials with low embodied energy, repurpose and use recycled materials where possible. The home is also designed to allow us to age in-place by incorporating silver level Livable Housing Design. It is our vision that Glowhaus will be surrounded by backyard biodiversity, grow food and be connected to community and nature.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal chimney
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat exchange ventilation system
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Rainwater storage - Underground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Hot water recirculation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 115
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • watertank
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 5000L
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • watertank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 6000L (two 3000L tanks)
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Recycled bricks for the facade Weathertex cladding Minimal structural steel Low carbon concrete (Holcim Ecopact concrete) One coloured window from demolished house repurposed for detached garage Engineered floorboards using recycled timber Green roof on the detached garage planned Solar + battery, EV charger ready 11,000L rainwater tank, pumped to toilets and garden All electric home - Heat pump hot water, induction cooking, reverse-cycle air conditioning, heat recovery mechanical ventilation Native garden and wicking beds for a kitchen garden
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Floorboards
      Light fixtures / fittings
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 2.5
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • 3.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polystyrene board
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 6
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • 2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 4
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 8.6
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 9.3
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 235 m2 including outdoor deck (garage not included, garage is 50m2)
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
      Universal access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No Corner cupboards
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Green roof
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Toy exchange/library
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Automated ventilation system
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Location
Glen Iris VIC 3146
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • The Zimmermann Oz, Carbonlite
    • Designer
    • Gruen Eco Design

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