The Bunker 2017

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Location
Moorabbin VIC 3189
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Builder
    • Earth House Australia

About The Bunker

The Bunker was extended and renovated with a young growing family in mind. The owners were very conscious of sustainability and wanted a healthy, low impact, energy efficient home. By extending and renovating rather than a pull down and rebuild the home owners were able to cut costs along with minimising their landfill contribution and staying in the location they love. Timber, bricks and aggregate was reused, retro bathroom fittings were sold, plants were mulched, excess bricks, timber and plants were given away.

The original house was facing west so the rammed earth extension comprising of bedrooms was situated to the west and the living room and kitchen to the north east. The front of the house has high windows so from inside you can only see the trees.

All internal and external walls are insulated and all appliances energy efficient. The home has minimal need for heating/cooling as the passive solar orientation eliminates much of this. The west and south facing windows have “eyebrows” or awnings to assist with shade in the heat of the day. The solar power is on grid but battery ready so in the near future the family can go off grid. The home is on one level with a wide hallway so it is suitable for multi-generational living in future. The garden is a work in progress and eventually the rear garden will be an organic edible garden with chickens.

The Bunker was designed and built by Earth House Australia

Click here to read the article by Emma Watson for the Moorabbin Kingston Leader published on August 18, 2017

If you would like to download the info sheet for this house please click here

To read the article about this home on Moorabbin-Kingston Leader, published on 18th August 2017.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Zoned heating and cooling
    • Water heating:
    • Reused original hot water service
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Storage connected to
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Water Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 1000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
      Toilet
      Laundry
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Original hot water service
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Rammed earth, timber
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Aggregate
      Timber
      Doors
      Kitchen/bath cabinets

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4
    • Floor Type:
    • Waffle Pod Slab
    • Floor Rating:
    • Unknown
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Brick Veneer/Rammed Earth External. Internal plaster
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • Brick Veneer R2.5 Rammed Earth R2.8 Internal R2.5
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7 Stars
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $350,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 182m2 (19.6 Squares)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
    • Universal Design Features
    • Multi-generational
      Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • The garden is a work in progress and we will be hopefully completing the landscaping soon
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Water wise plants
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants

HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Low Voc Paints Non toxic timber floor sealer.

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