Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage 2016

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Location
Hampton VIC 3188
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Builder
    • Owner-builder

About Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage

Come and visit the winner of the Bayside Built Environment Awards 2011, Best Ecologically Sustainable Design and finalist Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration. The home was renovated for highest eco-sustainability, while constrained (voluntarily) by the heritage charm of this modest Edwardian timber cottage and its established neighbourhood character. This project demonstrates that restoration can deliver the best of both worlds: heritage PLUS environment.

Energy efficiency:
– Solar electricity, 2.2 KW (all space available)
– Solar hot water, 250L
– Passive heating and cooling, despite non-ideal site orientation
– Reflective zincalume roof, rather than Colourbond
– Extreme insulation: ceiling (triple insuln), walls, underfloor, double glazing
– Sliding door added at foot of stairs
– 3 natural skylights plus CFL and LED lights
– 2 light circuits per room, rather than wasteful dimmers
– Bathroom infra-red lamps, rather than thirsty slab heating
– Outside undercover clothes line, rather than electric dryer
– Hoods over all ceiling penetrations (incl very tall CFL downlights)

Water efficiency:
– Re-plumbed all rainwater, greywater
– Edible front garden (the only north sun available to this tight block)
– Evaporative cooler fed from raintanks, after negotiations on special in-line filter
added to secure manufacturer’s full warranty
– Rainwater-fed toilet cisterns high in ceiling to maximise half-flush power
– High star-rating appliances

Reduce materials:
– External walls: injected Ecofoam through lathe/plaster walls
– Extensive re-use of materials
– All timber: tonnes of CO2 sequestered; better than concrete, steel

Plus:
– Minimise waste
– Indoor air quality
– Sustainable transport
– A few failures/mistakes

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
2016
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading
      Cross ventilation
      Thermal chimney
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Evaporative
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
      Greywater system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • PVC tanks under rear decking
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3x1800 = 5400 L
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Plasterboard with triple rockwool bats
    • Floor Type:
    • Polished Baltic pine
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Weather boards and plasterboard or lathe/plaster
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $100,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2500 pa
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 25 squares approx
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
    • Universal Design Features
    • Disability access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Greening the boundary fences
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
      Water wise plants
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Composting

HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Floor lacquer: Livos

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