Trembath House 2019

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Location
Madalya VIC 3971
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Continual Improvement
    • Builder
    • Owner

About Trembath House

Please call on the day (03) 5186 1333 to check the condition of our road.  After heavy rains, we sometimes need 4W or all-W drive.  We can pick up visitors at the river, but you need to contact us to make those arrangements.

Situated in the Strzelecki Ranges on the Jack River we run our home on a micro-hydro system and have for 23 years. We also have just upgraded our solar panels which now provide another 4 Kw of power. Our home is built using mostly reused materials, from the breaching pieces in the plumbing to the door handles, including the light switches. The heating is via a hydronic floor system. Our home has an east–west axis, thereby enabling it to be passively oriented.

Our summer domestic hot water is from an evacuated tube system and winter hot water is from our slow combustion stove, which also heats the hydronic floor.

We have an evolving fire sprinkler system and a 5m sq cellar built one metre underground as a bunker. The property, 34 hectares, is under covenant with Trust for Nature, in temperate rain forest.

We do need to be aware of our energy usage, we are able to use any ‘modern’ convenience. We are considering adding air conditioning for this coming summer with our new solar panels.

Getting to this home using your GPS may be a challenge, but Leon is happy for you to ring him to guide you in from Yarram. There is also a guiding map to download. Once you get there, the stove will be alight and the kettle on top.

Check out our turbine on ABC Rural News Gippsland Jack River powers house

This house is for sale, if you would like to live the dream contact Leon and Cathy. 

 

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2014
2015
2016
2017
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Hydronic
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
      Wood fire wetback
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Low flow shower heads
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Cement and plastic tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 200,000L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
      Whole house
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Doors
      Kitchen cabinets
      Light fixtures
      Timber
      Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Double brick, plaster, wood
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Micro-hydro
      Solar PV off-grid
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 23 years of no electricity bills
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 265 sq m
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Brick veneer
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • No carpets

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