Grace Burn Co-Housing in Healesville 2024

House Notes – Grace Burn Co-Housing in Healesville

Grace Burn Co-Housing is an intentional community of four passive solar homes built with similar external design but uniquely different to suit each resident. Grace Burn Co-Housing is based on the principles of sustainability, community living and ageing in place. Houses have a small footprint comprising of 2 bedrooms with upper mezzanines with the ability to live entirely on the ground floor if your life stage dictates this. Each house is on its own seperate title with a large owners corporation area set aside for community vegetable garden, fruit trees, chooks, workshop, driveway and native /indigenous garden with a focus on storm water retention. Grace Burn Co-Housing first participated in SHD in 2019 when we were in construction phase. SHD 2024 provides an opportunity to revisit our community and experience the progress five years down the track with houses completed and occupied and garden and outdoor areas now establishing. Grace Burn Co Housing is also currently open to expressions of interest to join us.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
      Hydronic
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Greenhouses
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Galvanised water tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • approx 3000 L per house
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Eaves
      Honeycomb blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Solar passive design with north facing orientation. North facing greenhouses. House siting to avoid overshadowing.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Benchtops
      Bricks
      Doors
      Excavated earth
      Floorboards
      Kitchen cabinets
      Metal sheeting
      Paving
      Railway sleepers
      Roofing material
      Timber
      Windows
      Wine barrels/crates
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls

    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R 3.5
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • foil backed cavity board
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polystyrene board
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R 4.9
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R 2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R 7
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.0
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5 kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 10 kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • approx $600 000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • unsure
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 110 m2 - 160 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Galvanised)
    • Wall Materials
    • Aerated concrete
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Galvanised)
      Reverse Brick veneer
      Timbercrete
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Bi Fold
      Casement
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
      Double hung
      Louvre windows
      Skylights
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • 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
      Power points at 60cm above floor level and 50cm from internal corners
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Swales
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Waste free/reduced construction site

    • Other Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Shared council bins across 4 houses
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      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
Location
Healesville VIC 3777
    • Housing Type:
    • High Density Housing/Strata Development/Unit
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Martin Brothers Building for 3 houses. Hedgers Construction for 1 house
    • Designer
    • Soft Loud House for 3 of the 4 houses

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