Valentine: Funky House 2024

House Notes – Valentine: Funky House

My home was built in the 1950s. I moved in just under 4 years ago and worked doggedly to repair and retrofit this old house to make it more sustainable and more energy efficient. I have installed the following: solar panels, hybrid inverter & battery, hot water heat pump, insulation, shade sails, heat extractor for roof, closed up roof & replaced skylights with solar lighting and done lots and lots of planting and other environmentally friendly things. More recently I enlarged my solar array – it is now just over 7kW – and the team installed a black-out back-up. If there is a black-out I will still have some power to things that need them. I purchased an MG ZS electric car back in December and I am charging it at home – mostly trickle charging but occasionally with my 7kW hub.

Sustainability Features

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2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Solar Whiz has been installed on my roof to remove heat from roof cavity
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
      Water heated by PV system
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 133 litres per day per person approx.
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • tank above ground
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • Not sure
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Solar skylight
      Tubular skylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • MG ZS 2023,EV
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Shade Sails
      Shutters
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Basins/sinks
      Bath
      Bathroom cabinets
      Cladding
      Insulation
      Light fixtures / fittings
      Paving
      Rocks/stone
      Sleepers
      Tiles
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – cellulose fibre
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R 3.5
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polystyrene board
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 7.03 kW
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.kWh per person per day approx./ 2 people
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2,000 or more per year
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 200 sq.m.
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
      Tiles (Clay)
    • Wall Materials
    • Timber
      Timbercrete
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double hung
      Low-e, films
      Skylights
      Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
    • Universal Design Features
    • Window openings easily accessible
      Various heights for benches in kitchens

    • Universal Design Features
    • A rail at front steps and one at back steps to assist people coming into the house.
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Chickens
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Orchard
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
      Wicking beds
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Recycle coffee grounds from nearby cafe's
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Valentine NSW 2280
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Designer
    • Myself

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