Solar Skillion Sleepout 2018

Solar Skillion Sleepout
Benalla VIC 3672
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Benalla Sustainable Futures Group
Housing Type
Tiny Home
Project Type
Continual Improvement
Howard Bartlett
Transbuild Victoria
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Renewable Energy Benalla (REB)

Howard and Bernie had an energy-efficient sleepout designed and built that is attached to the existing house by a covered walkway, forming part of a complex of four buildings.

New buildings are solar oriented and follow the four golden rules of good design related to sunlight, open spaces, access and privacy.

The owners have a website SOAP House Design describing benefits of passive solar orientation.

All roofs are skillion and oriented to the north, which shade the buildings in summer and omit the winter sun. They are all 10-degree-pitched, with a cantilever pitch to the north side.

One building is rented from time to time, and three are used by the owners as sleepout, artists studio and house under renovation.

To read more about this house in the Owner Builder magazine, click here.

Read more about this home and others that opened their homes for SHD2017  Sustainable House Day | Border and North East properties open doors – The Border Mail, published 15 September 2017.

To find out more about the NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) click here.


Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Window and door types
Double glazing
Sustainable materials
Double glazing, fully insulated
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Joists and plasterboard
Rating: R4.2
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: 90mm timber studs cori clad
Rating: R4.2
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Ceramic tile on particleboard and tile underlay
Rating: R4.2
All electric home
Water heating
Very small hot water system for the bathroom
Passive heating cooling
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Very small hot water service
Garden / Outdoors
Native plants