The Confluence 2020

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Location
Anglers Rest VIC 3898
    • Housing Type:
    • Off-grid Home with attached Granny Flat & Shed
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Builder
    • Owner Builder
    • Designer
    • Self designed

About The Confluence

We have a unique off-grid mountain-bush home, that is 11km off the grid. It is well insulated, cool in summer and warm in winter, and is powered by a low-head micro-hydro in our river plus 2kW of PV backup. We have a wood stove water jacket to back up the solar hot water heater, and 2 composting rotating-drum toilets.

Our property is very fire defendable (we battled the ’03 fires, see video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kAMjSBak7I&t=2s), with deck sprinklers, cleared park-like area around the house, underfloor tin, a ‘fire truck’ and more.

Here’s a 45 minute walking tour of our property we put together for Sustainable House Day (full version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yds5PGQG-w

We also have:

  • Two different types of rotating drum composting toilets
  • Greywater system
  • Solar plus wood stove with backup gas-boost hot water
  • Low-energy appliances
  • The best deck on Earth
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • 10mm polycarbonate panelled Greenhouse – which means tomatoes in the winter!
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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2011
2015
2018
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Passive solar designed home
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • 2 x wood stoves - one new style plus one made of semi-tractor-trailer brake drums (the best one!)
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
      Wood fire wetback

    • Water heating:
    • Solar plus wood fire with gas boost when needed
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Compost toilet
      Grey water system
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Drapes/curtains
      Honeycomb blinds
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Fiberglass batts – 300mm thick
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • R4.0
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Micro-hydro
      Solar PV off-grid
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2kW solar + 48kW micro-hydro
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • household daily average is 8.5 kWh
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $5,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 120m2
    • Roof
    • corrugated iron
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Pocket doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Greenhouse
      Organic
      Native plants

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