Granite Garden’s House 2015

Location
Killawarra VIC 3678
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Builder
    • Ovens & King Builders



About Granite Garden’s House

Now approximately 25 years old, the building is made of mudbrick, timber and  stone from the property. The house is north facing to capture winter sun, with eaves and deciduous climbers to shield from summer sun. Dark slate inside and concrete floor provides mass, holds winter sun as do lined curtains in bedrooms. The basic rectangular shape maximises air flow, assisted by ceiling fans.

South windows are double glazed (no curtains – view trade-off) to maintain warmth while light coloured roofing reduces heat intake and a ‘whirly-gig’ releases heat in the ceiling space.

Curved wiremesh structures support a deciduous vine on the south and shadecloth on the west protecting against summer sun.

The 18 solar panels feed back into the grid. In the main lounge, a Jotul wood fireplace draws cool air from grates at two distant points through polypipe in the slab, which heats in an air cavity around the firebox, and flows out by convection from above the fire, circulating around the room.

Household water is caught off the roof.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading
      Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Concrete water tank & plastic tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 35,000 gal + 10,000 gal gravity feed for firefighting
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2