The Greenhouse, Alawa 2020

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Location
Alawa NT 0810
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Designer
    • NT Government C19

About The Greenhouse, Alawa

This is a retro fitted old school suburban house; built in 1968 and miraculaously withstood cyclone Tracey.

Purchased by the current owners over a decade ago as a neglected old house, it has since been fitted with a new roof, solar panels, large rain tank and landscaped with shady native gardens (to add to cooling) and other productive trees and gardens.

It is a simple elevated design with louvers to catch the breeze and cool without airconditioning.

The water of outdoor and indoor showers and the washing machine water is used to water banana circles and small features for wildlife are scattered in the gardens. Over the last few years the underneath of the house has been made into a “Bottle Boudoir” from the colourful leftover bottles of good times; salvaged from weddings, parties and bars. These bottle sadly do not get recycled in the NT; so they have been made into glass bricks to form an outdoor- indoor art piece. The other sections of the boudoir are sectioned with locally made iron and mesh doors, which were designed for the space.

The house has hosted many community and sustainability events workshops and parties over the years.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Compost toilet
      Grey water system
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 20,000L
    • Window Protection:
    • Louvres
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Basins/sinks
      Bath
      Bottles
      Cladding
      Decking
      Excavated earth
      Pallets
      Paving
      Rocks/stone
      Roofing material
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Floor
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 3.5kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $20,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
      Metal (Galvanised)
    • Wall Materials
    • bottles and concrete, upper is fibreboard
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Louvre windows
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Local indigenous plants
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Wicking beds
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Recycle coffee grounds from nearby cafe's
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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