Mount Barker Eco-House 2024

House Notes – Mount Barker Eco-House

We purchased this newly-built home in November 2023. It is located at Miller’s Corner, a small eco-community that when complete will have 14 homes.

There is a common house in the centre of the community that contains a kitchen, a large dining/event room, an accessible bathroom and guest accommodation.

Sustainable features of our home include: a hempcrete southern wall, high levels of insulation, double glazed windows, and north-facing orientation to capture winter sun. As one half of a duplex, the home is able to provide ample indoor space while taking up less of the lot (and using less energy) than a freestanding home.

The window frames and some feature benches in the stairwell are made of wood that was milled onsite from trees that had to be removed due to disease. The house includes an induction cooktop, energy efficient appliances, and a 3,000L rain water tank.

Miller’s Corner will also be having an open day on Sustainable House Day – see the Community Partner Events page. Guided tours will be available for a small donation. Community tours will start immediately after the two open times for our home, and light refreshments will be provided. Register here: https://events.humanitix.com/sustainable-house-day-2024-tour-millers-corner-ecovillage-in-mount-barker

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Poly tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • The street-facing front wall of the house is made of hempcrete (R value = 4.2).
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 4
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 1.8
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 3.2
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 147
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Hempcrete
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No Corner cupboards
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Community vegetable garden
      Composting
      Organic
      Permaculture
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Tool exchange/library
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Lime render/wash
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural fibre furnishings
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Mount Barker SA 5251
    • Housing Type:
    • High Density Housing/Strata Development/Unit
    • Project Type:
    • New Build

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