Sustainable Horticulture 2020

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Location
Darra QLD 4076
    • Housing Type:
    • Garden
    • Project Type:
    • Garden Only
    • Open with support of
    • Queensland Farmers Federation Energy Reduction
    • Designer
    • Sustainable Horticulture

About Sustainable Horticulture

Sustainable Horticulture is a space to practice and implement changes and technology to reduce impact on the environment.

Based on 730m2, this edible landscape showcases varying techniques including:
– Organic, hydroponic and aquaponic systems fed from 23000L of water storage.
– Arid edible native footpath garden.
– Loads of fruit trees, in-ground and pots.
– Native and Honey Bees, as well as lots of other smaller biodiverse insects and animal life.
– Indoor growing and energy-efficient systems

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Involved in energy efficiency with the Queensland Farmers Federation, we audit and advise on the latest energy-saving practices for farms. I am involved with water, climate, and energy, and the latest sustainable farming practices used throughout Australia.

To find out about the Energy Savers Program here

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading

    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Judicious tree plantings around house
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Instantaneous gas
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Rainwater storage - Underground
      Worm farm septic tank system
      Stormwater management
      Drip irrigation

    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Pond,tanks, and various aquaponic systems
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 30000L
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Through the use of aquaponics and a pond extra water is captured and stored
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Basins/sinks
      Copper pipes/fittings
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 10.4kw batteries fed from 6.2kw solar system
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $35,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Timber
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Aquaponics
      Bee keeping
      Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Greenhouse
      Green walls
      Local indigenous plants
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Swales
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair

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