The Hill House 2020

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Location

    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Peter Bell
    • Designer
    • Self designed

About The Hill House

This is a 3 bedroom house, on 17.5 acres. The house is made from new and recycled materials. Facing north, it is heated by passive solar during the day which helps heat the house in the evenings, with a little help from a wood stove. It is very well insulated with ceiling, internal and external insulation.

The double glazed windows throughout provide thermal efficiencies and are great for capturing the views and allowing a huge amount of natural light into the house. With the addition of skylights no internal lighting is required between sunrise and sunset.

Cooling is achieved through cross ventilation. There are currently no solar panels, but we plan to install them within the next 12 months, which should attend to all electrical needs of the house and property.

You can also speak with homeowners directly on Saturday 19 September, online, as part of The Nillumbik Trail. Register here to participate.

 

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2020
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
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 90,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R7.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polyester
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R7.0
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R7.0
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R7.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $370,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • 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
    • Brick veneer
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Double hung
      Skylights
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Universal access
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      No stairs/steps
      No Corner cupboards
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Window openings easily accessible
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Pickle and preserve food
      Plastic free household
      Recycle
      Repair
      Take own containers to the supermarket and for take away food
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Natural fibre furnishings

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