Wolfe House (House Sold) 2018

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Location
Warragul VIC 3820
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Open with support of
    • Baw Baw Sustainability Network
    • Builder
    • Steve Fowler Gippsland Building & Maintenance
    • Designer
    • Neerim Project Design

About Wolfe House (House Sold)

This home has been sold and is unlikely to open for SHD in the future

For a long time I have been passionate about energy efficiency so when I purchased this property which was a “renovator’s delight”, it seemed logical to achieve the highest possible standard that I could economically obtain. I have worked in the power generation industry all of my life and I could foresee the rapid increase in energy prices coming so the intention was to produce a house that left minimal footprint and relied little on services.

This house renovation was a part time interest that took approximately 5 years to complete. As I carried out a lot of the grunt work myself under the direction of my builder, it is very satisfying to sit back and enjoy the benefits. I am an Electrician specialising in lighting so great detail went into careful selection and semi-automation of the electrics throughout the house. I am quite proud of the fact that over a 12 month period, the usage costs of electricity, gas and water has been less than $400 in total.

Incorporated in the design is a 4.5kW PV system, rainwater storage tanks, solar storage hot water and low maintenance gardens. The inclusion of electrically operated clerestory windows promotes cross flow circulation in hotter weather drawing air across a pond located on the south side of the building. The carport is fitted with a power supply to allow charging of my plug-in hybrid vehicle. Synthetic lawns (including the nature strip) ensure there is never a need for mowing.

 

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2018
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Colorbond rainwater tank
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Pallets
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External Walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Air Cell
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R2.0
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R6.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Insulated panel system
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Energy star rating:
    • 8
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 4.5kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $185,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $50,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $2500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 165 sq m
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements.
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Insulated panels or blocks
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Bi Fold
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Synthetic grass
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Native plants
      Water wise plants

HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Natural light and ventilation
      No carpets

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