Oak Lodge (hydro) 2016

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Location
Narracan VIC 3824
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement

About Oak Lodge (hydro)

The main feature is a “grid connected” multi stage micro hydro system consisting of 4 turbines of which it takes only 1 turbine  to provide the whole properties power. The hydro power is grid connected via a SP Pro inverter with battery backup hence is capable of being an off grid system if need be. The turbines are   high pressure / low volumn units situated 300 meters from the house. It would be appreciated if a morning and afternoon group session could be held at the nominated times to aid transport to the turbines and group speaker.

Other features include a home made wood fired wet back hot water system that has been operating since 1982 that also heats the house via both externally drawn air and under floor ducting via a hot water heat exchanger.

This property is 1 klm from Trent Mair’s property which has recently installed a high volumn /low pressure micro hydro system.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2016
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Energy monitoring
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Hydronic
      Heat pump
      Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Property runs on gravity fed spring water, no pumpingrequired
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
      Floor
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Micro-hydro
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $30,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $90,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 25 Sq
    • Universal Design Features
    • Disability access
      Multi-generational
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Edible garden
      Organic
      Composting
      Chickens

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