Marcel’s Strawbale house 2024

House Notes – Marcel’s Strawbale house

To have a strawbale house in the snowy mountains was a dream for us the last 20 years. We love the looks and comfort of this build. And we believe everyone should build to look after the environment and it feels so comfortable.

We used as much as possible recycled building material.

Because of the thick straw walls and very good double glazed and triple glazed European windows it keeps the house in summer nice and cool and in winter cozy and warm.
With only 3-4 hours of heating in our wood fire stove (agar) which we also cook our diner on, it’s enough to keep our home cozy and warm.

The other heating of course is the sun, which warms up the house as well.

Very important to us is also our green house and chicken coop and bees.

Sustainability Features

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2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Heat pump
      Hydronic
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Low flow shower heads
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Colorblind water tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 100000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 5
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Greenhouse
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Tool exchange/library
      Toy exchange/library
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
Location
Moonbah NSW
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Marcel Richter, homeowner builder
    • Designer
    • Ian Sercombe

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