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We started exploring sustainable building when we treechanged four years ago, moving to a 100-acre block with a house (shed house) two hours from Sydney.
We’d built previously using conventional methods and loved the idea of creating something suiting our needs and priorities. However, we wanted to do something different this time for two important reasons:
Living here while exploring options, experiencing temperatures ranging from -10°C to 46°C, confirmed our decision to build a Passive House. Our current house has no insulation and inefficient heating and cooling, leading to massive power bills (particularly in winter), which established the need to get this right.
Sustainable features include: Passive House certified and off-grid capable with our solar, battery, generator and water tanks setup.
We feel our design, comprising of three connected pavilions, is unique. Our architect, Sue Connor, came up with a design that maximises the views from every room while ensuring we’ll achieve certification.
Our building approach is also a little unconventional. We’re working with Eclipse Passive House, which employs a prefabricated system tailored to Australian environments to build high-performance houses efficiently.
Everything will meet the BAL29 requirements of our site while delivering a visual style that works well with the landscape.