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Originally built in the early 1970s, our brick-veneer, flat-roofed house was hot in summer and cold in winter. In 2022 we completed a sustainability retrofit to improve the thermal efficiency and comfort. To achieve this, we put insulation on the outside of the existing brick walls and reclad with Colorbond and timber. A new light-coloured Colorbond skillion roof with clerestory windows were installed. North-facing glazing was increased, south-facing was reduced and double-glazing was retrofitted throughout. Summer shading with eaves and deciduous climbers were included in the design. The house is completely supplied by tank water which is heated by heat pump (gas has been disconnected). The wood heater and reverse cycle air conditioner were removed and replaced with heat pump hydronic radiators and a ceiling fan. A 3.0kW solar panel system and Zappi EV charger have been installed.
You can visit this house for a tour with the owner on Sunday 19 March 2023, as part of The Nillumbik Trail.