The Keep 2015

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Location
Buxton NSW 2571
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
      Retrofit
      Continual Improvement

About The Keep

Six years ago Paul & Judith Collins (Sustainable Lifestyle Educators) purchased a run down, overgrown, white ant infested mud brick (weekender) cottage set in 14 acres of bushland. They breathed new life into it. With more than 40 years experience of living self sufficiently, this couple are old hands. Property repairs, renovations and furnishings comprise of materials collected from more than seventy buildings scattered throughout NSW. Includes l50year old cypress pine timber and historic stained glass. Mud bricks are made on site.

Home renovations created a solar passive nature, by increasing the use of thermal storage in the slab and walls. Deciduous trees provide shade In summer and sun in winter. Insulation and curtains reduce heat loss and heat gain. Careful placement of north and south windows and doors creates cross ventilation. Air conditioning is used only during very severe summer temperatures. A wood heater provides winter heating. An evacuated tube solar system with stainless steel storage tank provides hot water.

Energy efficient appliances are chosen whenever possible. For energy there is a 2.3kw solar PV grid-connectted system and a 10kw stand alone system. There Is no mains water connection. All buildings catch water. In all 300,000 IItres of rain water is available for house and garden. A (factory seconds) fibre glass swimming pool provides summer enjoyment and additional water storage for bushfire protection.

Judith, author of “Companion Gardening in Australia”, has combined knowledge with permaculture principals to create the culinary leaf garden, the vegie patch, the tropical and subtropical food forest and the medicianl herb garden. Plants are labelled.

There are chooks, ducks, geese, quail, meat rabbits, pigs, sheep, cow, glasshouse, compost bins, shade house, and aquaponics which all adds up to a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Bookings essential: A three hour guided Walk and Talk on Sustainable Living and Self-sufficiency.

Tel. 0246 819623 or email contactus@earthkeepers.com.au

Website links: www.earthkeepers.com.au

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2015
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Shading
      Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Slow combustion fire with renewable timber
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
      Greywater system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Rain water Tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 300,000 Litres combined total
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Building materials and furnishings
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Aggregate
      Timber
      Windows
      Doors
      Paving
      Insulation
      Glass
      Kitchen/bath cabinets
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Polyester Bats
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 3.5
    • Floor Rating:
    • N/A
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • mud brick
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • N/A
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Energy star rating:
    • N/A
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
      Solar PV off-grid
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • All recycled - little or no costs
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • Thousands of dollars
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 460sqm
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • companion planting, beneficial insects garden.
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Water wise plants
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Composting
      Native plants
      Green walls
      Chickens
      Aquaponics

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