Jen & Bob House 2019

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Location
Inverloch VIC 3996
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • North South Homes
    • Designer
    • Derek Ashby

About Jen & Bob House

This Passive House aimed to use the solar aspect to be a high-performance, comfortable home. Health was a huge goal with this build. No toxins were allowed during building and this was very easy in the end.

Recycled products that Bob (the owner) saved for years were used to create a natural and very organic feel of the build, including recycled timber benchtops built by Bob and recycled doors, hinges and handles. In the bathroom, old tiles were reused and created a look that compliments the home so well.

An airtight building envelope inline with passive house principles was included, along with a heat recovery system (HRV), which is helping with the balanced flow of filtered fresh air throughout every day. Solar panels, water tanks, and wicking beds add to this wonderful sustainable home that has given the owners everything they wanted and more!

Built by North South Homes
Photography by Susan Carmody

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Heat exchange ventilation system

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Small electric heater in the living.
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Stormwater management

    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Wicking beds
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Water tanks
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Timber Cladding, recycled doors, and benchtops and tiles were used.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bathroom cabinets
      Doors
      Kitchen cabinets
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor

    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Wafflepod slab with 35mm thick XPS edge slab insulation was added.
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • All wall warp was vapour permeable and the roof space is well vented with counter Battens added. An airtight building envelope was added on the inside.
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • EPS added to the out side for added thermal bridge free construction
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6.8
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $304,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2000- $3000k
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 85m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Earthwall
      Timber

    • Wall Materials
    • Added insulation to help with thermal bridge free construction.
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Skylights
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No stairs/steps
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Organic
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      No carpets

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