Toodyay Sustainable Home 2020

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Location
Hoddys Well WA 6566
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Open with support of
    • Solar Dwellings
    • Builder
    • Auscon Builders
    • Designer
    • Solar Dwellings

About Toodyay Sustainable Home

We moved to our rural block which is part of a larger family farm, after five years in the Pilbara. We wanted to make sure we were building sustainably into the future mindful of power usage, its effects on the environment and our power bill.

We were seeking a practical way of living working within the constraints of the elements and seasonal variations. The house functions so well and we notice it even more when we stay in other houses, we appreciate how lucky we are. The house protects us from the elements. In Summer you walk in from the stifling Toodyay heat and instantly notice the temperature drop inside and in Winter you just feel warm at home, until you go elsewhere and wonder why you didn’t pack a jacket.

“My favourite feature of our house is the quick drying time for the wet areas, the laundry and bathroom. Never wet and damp for long at all as the sun shines through effectively and dries the areas very well. Towels dry quickly just on their rails. We also don’t have a dryer, everything dries just hung in the laundry or by the wood fire. Very useful when you do lots of washing with 3 children and very handy for the power bill too!” Olivia

“The concrete floor catches the winter sun and acts like a heating block keeping the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Use of the block out curtains and blinds maintains the house temperature. They are drawn in the evening to retain heat and lifted in the morning to allow sun in and the reserve is done in summer to let the heat out keeping the house cool.” Chris

We have a veggie garden, chooks and compost. Predominantly native garden with use of deciduous trees which adds much needed shade in summer. We’ve planted over 60 trees so far, too many other shrubs and plants to count and already noticing birds coming into the garden after only 2.5 years. We continue to add to and improve our garden. Especially after the scare of COVID ’19, it is comforting to know we can grow our own. An added benefit of being on the farm is that we also get to eat the organically grown farm meat.

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
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • N/A
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tank for house and garden
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 130,000L
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • 35,000L Recycled dam water tank for gardens and lawn
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Solar skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
      Blinds
      Drapes/curtains
      Pelmets
      Shade Sails
      Shutters
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls

    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • Insulated garage door
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.3
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R1.3
    • External Walls Type:
    • Reflective insulation
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6.6kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $540,000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 325m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
      Reverse Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double hung
      Sliding windows/doors
      Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
      Universal access
    • 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
      Semi recessed basins
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Chickens
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural light and ventilation

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