Off Grid Contemporary Rural Farmhouse 2020

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Location
Tambo Crossing VIC 3893
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • R and K Services
    • Designer
    • Green Design Solutions

About Off Grid Contemporary Rural Farmhouse

The client brief was to create an off grid solar passive designed home, that takes in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and where they could age in place and clad in beautiful pink granite field stone from the site. Design features that contribute to solar passive design include exposed concrete slab with north facing windows, high insulation in walls and ceiling, high performing windows, cross flow ventilation, ceiling fans in all rooms and shading for summer. .

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

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2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Hot water recirculation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 95L
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • steel
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 100,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Pink Granite surface rocks selected from the site and used in ground floor cladding. Exposed concrete slab on ground floor, wetback system on the wood burning cooker.
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • rockwool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Rock wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV off-grid
    • Size of PV system:
    • 10kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 5kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 1.2 million
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $80,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $4,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 250m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Stone
    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement
      Double glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Lift/elevator
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Local indigenous plants
      Natural swimming pool
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural fibre furnishings

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