The Old Corner Shop 2020

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Location
West Kempsey NSW 2440
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement

About The Old Corner Shop

The owner purchased The Old Corner Shop opposite Kempsey High School as a home and sustainability project 12 years ago. Since then both a solar photo-voltaic array and a solar hot water service have been added to the property.

Recycling is conducted, utilising a three-bin system to separate waste at source, in the kitchen, with beer bottles and aluminium cans going into one bin, PET bottles into another (both for recycling under the NSW govt’s cash-back container-deposit scheme), and the balance of recyclables going into a third bin, destined for the ‘yellow’ Council bin and a recycling plant. Compostable waste goes into the ‘green’ bin. Very little makes it into the ‘red’ bin going to landfill. The latter is only put out every six weeks.

The solar-PV, on a ‘nett export’ plan, attracts an income of around $80 per quarter, offset against power purchased from the grid.

The solar hot water services reduces by almost half the total power consumption of the household, thereby dramatically reducing the household’s carbon footprint, but due to the lower cost of off-peak power, this only impacts the bill by about half the amount of the solar PV.

Together with the solar-generated power used within the house prior to export, the quarterly power bills of this home have been reduced by at least $120 – or approximately $500 per annum.

Eventually it is intended to double the size of the PV array and thereby negate almost all the existing power bill, along with installing a house battery to enable solar PV to be stored for use in the evening. This will also allow the home to be self-sufficient during grid outages.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      External planting
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Freestanding fans
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 60L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      External window hoods/surrounds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Frames, flooring and external weatherboard cladding from locally grown sustainably harvested North Coast hardwoods
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Benchtops
      Kitchen cabinets
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 2kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 4kWh / 1 pax
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $7500
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Casement
      Double hung
    • Universal design accessability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Organic
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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