The Recyclable House – Beaufort 2019

Location
Beaufort VIC 3373
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Inquire Invent Pty Ltd
    • Designer
    • Quentin Irvine



About The Recyclable House – Beaufort

Completed in December 2015, The Recyclable House was designed and built by Quentin Irvine, Managing Director of Inquire Invent Pty Ltd. Aesthetic inspirations for the house were drawn from iconic Australian galvanised steel wool sheds, hand crafts and industria. The house was designed with passive heating and cooling in mind, like most sustainable houses. What sets it apart is the use of experimental, closed-loop design and construction methodologies. The house is a cutting-edge example of the application of cradle-to-cradle design philosophy.

Although the components of this house are recyclable or biodegradable, it has been built to last and is of exceptionally high quality. The solar passive highly insulated design ensures warmth in Beaufort’s harsh winters. Coupled with the super-efficient Pyroclassic wood fire stove with wetback and solar hot water system, the house is cozy even on the coldest days of the year. It is extremely high-performing and therefore economic, with minimal running costs whilst still being comfortable to live in. The one-room-width of the house enables cross-flow ventilation and this, coupled with first- and second-storey shade sails, keeps it cool in summer.

Quentin took a variety of mainstream building techniques and tweaked them here and there to improve recyclability, thermal efficiency, building longevity and indoor air quality. This was an important design objective so that the design ideas would be readily replicable by the building industry as a whole.

Extensive research went into the design of the house for recyclability. The house is made of recyclable materials and is screwed/nailed together. Wherever glues/paints/sealants have been used, they are natural and biodegradable in all but a very few instances.

A bi-product of designing a house built with natural materials and finishes for their recyclability and biodegradability is the sensational indoor air quality that follows. Therefore, this design philosophy is also compatable for those afflicted with ‘sick building syndrome’ (SBS)/multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), i.e. sensitivity to environmental toxins.

Article written by Anna Cumming and professional photos taken by Nic Granleese – see more and read the full article from Sanctuary issue 44.

Read more about this home on BowerBird.

If you would like to spend a little extra time at this home, you can stay a night or two by booking here.

 

This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.6 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.

 

 

The house also achieved 8 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2016
2018
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass

    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cool cupboard
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Pyroclassic wood fire
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Stormwater management
      Drip irrigation
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Drapes/curtains
      Pelmets
      Shade Sails

    • Window Protection:
    • Shade sail used to adaptively shade the house
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Plaspanel, floorboards, earth
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Earth, steel, timber, aluminium, glass, cement sheet, natural paints, natural oil finishes, Purebond plywood with soy-based glue, Plaspanel... but most importantly, all installed in such a way that they can be recycled!
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      Basins/sinks
      Concrete
      Doors
      Kitchen cabinets
      Sleepers
      Timber

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0 ceiling
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • R4.0 bulk Earthwool between joists, then wrapped with ProctorWrap
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Plaster, 90mm stud wall, ProctorWrap, 35mm pine batten/air gap, aluminium tin foil, burnt timber or galvanised steel cladding
    • Internal / External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5 HD Earthwool
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • earchwool blanket with foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.8
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5 HD Earthwool
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5 HD Earthwool
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 7.6 Stars
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $380,000 (built in 2015) TOTAL COST
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $20,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $800+ p.a.
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 140m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Z600 galvanised steel)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Timber

    • Wall Materials
    • Charred timber cladding and Z600 galvanised, corrugated steel
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films

    • Window and Door Types
    • Shade sail used to adaptively shade the house
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Various heights for benches in kitchens

    • Universal Design Features
    • Cradle-to-cradle design philosophy
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish