Strine Kambah House 2024

House Notes – Strine Kambah House

The Kambah house is one of Strine Environment’s innovative environmentally sustainable living solutions for off-site prefabricated, modular and climate proof housing.
The prefabricated eco-modules have been designed to fit on a standard semi-trailer truck so they can be delivered anywhere that a truck and crane can go.

These prefabricated buildings have been designed and engineered to be sustainable, low energy and passive solar. They can achieve optimal thermal comfort with minimum heating and cooling.

The modules are all heavy weight precast concrete, using our unique highly insulated thermal sandwich panels for external walls. The concrete construction means that all modules are also fire and bushfire resistant, structurally solid and provide high acoustic insulation and privacy.

Strine Environments uses environmentally sustainable design to achieve “Balanced Living” – the creation of beautiful living working spaces, integrating the indoor with the outdoor and the Australian environment.

Sustainability is the term used to describe developments that meet the needs of today without compromising the ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. (Based on the Bruntland (UN) Definition 1989)

Sustainable systems (ecosystems) are systems that are productive indefinitely, or “sustainable”.
Sustainability has no style. It only has context. Style can be a designed for any desired outcome.

STRINE’S PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLES

1. Orientate buildings toward the equator (sun)
2. Glazing maximised to the sun (north)
Minimised to west and shaded
Shaded to south and east
Single glazing to north boosts solar heat gain. Double glazing to east, south and west
3. Thermal mass maximised internally (ultra mass) including hugging the earth heavily with earth – coupled floor slabs (using the infinite mass of the earth)
4. Insulation to completely isolate the exterior from the interior (roofing, structure, walls, floor and foundations) – so there is no thermal bridging.

STRINE’S COMMON SENSE DESIGN

• To match the response pattern of any building to BOTH the climatic pattern and to the human use pattern
• To find the optimum built environment for each individual site
• To design buildings that don’t need any inputs OR create any outputs
• To use climatic design for thermal comfort
• To touch the earth lightly

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 4000 ltrs
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • 1. Orientate buildings toward the equator (sun) 2. Glazing maximised to the sun (north) Minimised to west and shaded Shaded to south and east Single glazing to north boosts solar heat gain. Double glazing to east, south and west 3. Thermal mass maximised internally (ultra mass) including hugging the earth heavily with earth – coupled floor slabs (using the infinite mass of the earth) 4. Insulation to completely isolate the exterior from the interior (roofing, structure, walls, floor and foundations) – so there is no thermal bridging.
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      External walls
      Floor
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polystyrene board
    • Floor Rating:
    • R1.9
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Insulated panels
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R4.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3.9
    • External Walls Type:
    • Insulated panel system
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6.6
    • Renewable energy
    • passive solar design
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $250 000.00
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $350 000.00
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3000.00
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 89
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks

    • Wall Materials
    • Precast concrete insulated sandwich panels
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Sliding windows/doors

    • Window and Door Types
    • Single glazing to north windows and doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No Corner cupboards
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
Location
Kambah ACT 2902
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Strine Homes
    • Designer
    • Eric G Butt

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