Kenarra 2024

House Notes – Kenarra

Architect designed, this new-build house was to be as environmentally virtuous as possible in a suburban setting. It is well-oriented, partly built into the ground-plus-gabions, very small for a couple/young family and has a significant amount of recycled material in its construction.

Solar control plus heavy insulation mean that it needs neither heating nor cooling in Melbourne’s climate. Plywood and plaster lining, together with full glazing of the “greenhouse” corridor make the house light and airy.

This home is part of a Community Partner event supported by

This house is hosted by Clean Energy Nillumbik and Nillumbik Shire Council.

Sustainability Features

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2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Earth covering
      Heat recovery ventilation system
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Heat exchange ventilation system
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Compost toilet
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • plastic tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 13500l
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Shade Sails
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Decking
      Doors
      Rocks/stone
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Floor Type:
    • Wafflepod
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polystyrene board
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Roof
    • Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Earthwall
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Stone
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Stacking windows/doors
      Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Green walls
      Wicking beds
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Hurstbridge VIC 3099
    • Housing Type:
    • Tiny Home - Fixed
    • Project Type:
    • New Build

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