Tasmanian House Down the Channel 2024

House Notes – Tasmanian House Down the Channel

Our home, built in 2005, is well-positioned and well-insulated and had a bank of solar panels when we purchased it in 2019. It has north-facing double-glazed windows in the living areas and singled glazing in bedrooms. The house was originally fitted with a gas hot water system and gas cooktop; heating was supplied by a large wood stove with flue fans to distribute hot air and supplemented with inefficient electric space heaters. To decrease our energy use and carbon footprint we have upgraded with more efficient solar panels, changed to a reverse cycle hot water system, installed a heat pump in the open space kitchen/dining area, replaced our 10 year-old diesel-fuelled car with an electric vehicle and installed a variable speed EV charger and a home battery. We no longer use the wood stove. We are still on the grid, but the network-linked Tesla battery automatically tops itself up in response to severe weather warnings, ensuring the house can operate independently for a period of time. In the near future, we plan to change to an induction cooktop and install an additional heat pump.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Heat pump
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Worm farm septic tank system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 25,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Volvo cx40 Recharge
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      Solar pergola
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Railway sleepers
      Rocks/stone
      Shipping container
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $8,500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Louvre windows
      Skylights
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Greenhouse
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Swales
      Water wise plants
      Wicking beds
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Recycle
      Repair
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Natural light and ventilation
Location
Kettering TAS 7155
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Builder
    • Local Tasmanian Builder
    • Designer
    • Local Tasmanian designer

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