Strawbale Student Studio 2020

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Location
Wembley WA 6014
    • Housing Type:
    • Ancillary Accommodation
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Owner builder
    • Designer
    • Designed by arcologic design

About Strawbale Student Studio

I wanted to create a “homegrown “ straw-bale eco friendly student studio for my children to live in. This straw-bale sustainable building is a demonstrations of how straw-bale builds can look and feel like any new modern dwelling.

I have tried to incorporate as many good building practices as possible, here are some of them.
* Using existing footprint
* Optimising house orientation
* Recycling
* Sustainable materials
* Excellent insulation
* Greywater collection and reuse
* Rainwater collection
* Solar energy
* Thermodynamic hot water
* Double glazing
* Led lighting

Strawbale for walls and wool for internal walls were grown on a small hobby farm we own in Wandering WA . Leftover straw!sand & lime returned to farm paddocks (bales used in the garden )

A big effort was made to reduce waste from the construction site no skip used.

* Recycled flooring for bathroom & kitchen
* Reused light in kitchen
* Reused melamine sheeting to make some cupboards
* Reused cables
* Reused birdmesh
* Reused lining boards for window seats & lighting shelf’s
* Salvaged blue metal in hand made paving
* Hand made laundry benchtop
* Recycled door frames
* Recycled shelving for architraves & skirting
* Recycled bricks (from original shed) used as driveway
* Reused handbasins and tap to bathrooms
* Reused shower screens
* Reused washing machine (from a caravan! )
* Reused flipmixer in Laundry
* Reused ironing board cabinet

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Water heating:
    • Thermodynamic hot water
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • 4 x 1500 poly tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 6,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Basins/sinks
      Bathroom cabinets
      Benchtops
      Bricks
      Copper pipes/fittings
      Decking
      Doors
      Excavated earth
      Floorboards
      Insulation
      Light fixtures / fittings
      Paving
      Tapware
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Insulated panels
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R5.4
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – natural wool
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R7.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Straw (stawbale walls)
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2.8 kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $175,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 72m2
    • Roof
    • Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
    • Wall Materials
    • Strawbale
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Green walls
      Orchard
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Lime render/wash

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