Tom’s Passive Solar Home 2020

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Location
Hilton WA 6163
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Open with support of
    • Solar Dwellings
    • Builder
    • Ventura ID
    • Designer
    • Solar Dwellings

About Tom’s Passive Solar Home

This rear strata home was designed with passive solar principles in mind. The house is situated at the back of the block with a great northerly aspect. Our home stays comfortably warm in winter and is bright, light and airy.

We needed a home that would be multifunctional to suit our family and also accomodate additional visitors who stay often. The large communal area opens into the garden and provides enough space for everyone not matter what time of year it is. The study easily converts in to a bedroom with the use of the Murphy bed and our garage is also used as a kids hangout area as it is well insulated and comfortable to stay in throughout the day and night.

We have solar panels which cover most of our energy requirements and in summer we get credits not bills.

The toilets and on garden tap is connected to rainwater. The garden is small but is loaded with fruit trees and edible plants.

Meet the owners of  ‘Tom’s Passive Solar Home’ and other Solar Dwellings Home owners on Sunday 20th September for our special SHD event at Home Base. Find out more here.

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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
      Thermal mass
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Stormwater management
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Rainwater Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Eaves
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • External Walls Type:
    • Reflective insulation
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5.5
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $190,000 (2018)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 20000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 190m2
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
    • Window and Door Types
    • Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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