HomePatch 2023

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For us, Sustainability is about energy efficiency, but also about how we live, and includes our Permaculture garden, home systems and how we interact with our local community. What began as a typical inefficient 1970’s house has now achieved a 10 star Residential Efficiency Scorecard rating due to a steady process of upgrading it over the last 15 or so years. We’ve upgraded or added ceiling, wall and underfloor insulation, draught proofed a bunch of previously leaky parts of the house, added a range of secondary and double glazing options, upgraded window coverings, installed Solar PV and replaced old gas heating and cooling appliances with individual reverse cycle air conditioners. In the last year we upgraded our hot water system to a heat pump and our cooktop to Induction, abolished our gas meter, and purchased a second hand EV. We grow a lot of food and have lots of great Permaculture systems happening in our home and garden.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Years Open
2023
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
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 89
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Nissan Leaf EV02
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      Pelmets
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Basins/sinks
      Benchtops
      Bottles
      Tyres
      Windows
      Wine barrels/crates
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polyester
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Blow in – mineral fibres
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 3.6
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 2.36
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 120
    • Roof
    • Tiles (Concrete)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Recycle coffee grounds from nearby cafe's
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Hurstbridge VIC 3099
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Open with support of
    • Clean Energy Nillumbik

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