The Hive 2019

Address
Narara NSW 2250
Booking required – see link below
HOUSE DETAILS
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Chosen Charity
    • Narara Eco Living Network
OPENING WITH SUPPORT OF
    • Open with support of
    • Narara Eco Living Network
    • Builder
    • Viva Living Homes
    • Designer
    • Viva Living Homes

The Hive is a beautiful, functional and comfortable family home in the Narara Ecovillage. Completed in 2018 and constructed out of rendered strawbale panels with internal cob walls. Our designers and builders at Viva Living Homes share our passion and create healthy homes which are thermally efficient and soothing to the soul.

The Hive is constructed primarily out of straw panels and cob with lime to the external walls, and a clay render on the internal walls. The ceiling linings feature pine lining boards, and the floors are Blackbutt timber. The majority of the house can be recycled and returned to the earth at the end of its lifespan.

Internal fixtures have been sourced secondhand as much as possible – kitchen cabinetry, tapware, tiles, curtains and doors have been ‘bowerbirded’ in our mission to live more lightly on the planet.

With three small children, our home really is a hive of activity, and this house stands up well to our daily needs. Come and learn more!

This home is open as part of the Narara Ecovillage Open Day. To see other homes that are open at the village, click here. To visit this house and the ecovillage, book tickets here.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 8,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • .
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Basins/sinks
      Bathroom cabinets
      Doors
      Insulation
      Kitchen cabinets
      Light fixtures
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polyester
    • Floor Rating:
    • R3.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Blanket
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.3
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R3.4
    • External Walls Type:
    • Straw (stawbale walls)
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.1 Stars
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6.5kw
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $450,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $80,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1200
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 135m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Cob construction
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Strawbale
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Louvre windows
      Pocket doors
      Other
    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement windows
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Disability access
      Universal access
      Wheelchair access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Contrasting colours and material for vision impaired
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Semi recessed basins
      Window openings easily accessible
      Other
    • Universal Design Features
    • Flush entry door with a ramp, low windows for people in wheelchairs to see out, flooring and wall finishes extend under cabinetry so it can be retrofitted for people with additional needs down the track.
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Our beekeeping, chicken farming and large vegetable garden are part of the community resources inside the Narara Ecovillage.
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Chickens
      Community vegetable garden
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Other
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Other
    • Other Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Community children's clothing exchange, homeschool resource library, toy exchange are all community resources we use at the Ecovillage.
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      No carpets