Miriam Jane’s EcoVillage Home 2024

House Notes – Miriam Jane’s EcoVillage Home

My home was the first built as part of the Eco Village & farm project Shepherds Ground. It is situated in an off the grid development of 27 homes built on 10 of 277 acres in the Lower Hunter Valley. The rest of the land is taken up with regeneration & small farming enterprises. I wish to showcase sustainable off the grid living, using hempcrete, recycled materials, tanks & composting toilets, double glazing made possible when people come together.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout

    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Cathedral ceilings , sweptup verandah awning to allow maximum light & angled for minimum sun in summer.ning to allow maximum light all year round
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $350,000 in 2017
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $8000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 100m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Universal design accessability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Contrasting colours and material for vision impaired
      Hobless showers
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Shower head on rail for various heights
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Composting
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Organic
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Recycle coffee grounds from nearby cafe's
      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
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes

    • Healthy Home
    • Hemp insulation & hempcrete , fire resistant carbon sequestering external walls, cathedral ceilings, blinds, no dust catching curtains
Location
Butterwick NSW 2321
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • This home is built using the golden mean proportion & correct siting & insulation for cooler summers ,& warmer winters
    • Builder
    • Shane Hannan
    • Designer
    • Greg Burgess

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