A Little White Gum Valley House Opens for Sustainable House Day

Today we opened up our White Gum Valley House for Sustainable House Day tours. Given they were all booked out I thought it be worth sharing the tour online with this little photo essay. Enjoy.

When I bought my house, a 1950’s fibro house in 2004 I suspect it might have been one of the last houses in White Gum Valley for under $300k  But it was all I could afford but I was very happy to have a home of my own even if all of the backyard was paved over and the inside walls were full of holes and the ceiling were barely holding up.

It was in such poor condition that even the real estate ad said “Only for the Brave”!  While many would have seen it as a ‘knock down job’ I was keen to see how it could be sustainably adapted.

I wanted to retain as much or original fabric from 1950s house as possible. With this reuse in mind, this modest house underwent a rather drawn out retrofit using the solid timber bones of the existing structure to create a much more liveable home.

There are some good reasons for this. For example the energy inherent in the material and construction of a typical older house has been said to contains the energy equivalent to 15,000 litres of petrol which is enough to send a car round the world five times, or half way the distance to the moon!

This approach was also within my budget!

Passive solar principles under pinned the design. Key to this was moving the living areas to the north side of the house and expanding them with a semi-enclosed, passive solar front deck. The north facing deck is designed for maximum northern sun in the winter but providing summer shading. The deck was bigger than originally planned and at 68m2 almost as big as the modest 90m2 house.

We also installed louvers for cross ventilation to make the most of the Fremantle Doctor afternoon sea breeze.

Double glazed windows were installed on East and West side and smart was used E-Glass throughout

We added thermal and acoustic insulation in walls, floors and ceilings

The house performs reasonable well now and doesn’t need air-conditioning most days of the year, ceiling fans inside and out do the trick.

In addition to the passive solar elements, it has 2.2kw of solar PV and evacuated tube solar hot water to keep energy bills low. In fact the house is normally in credit for electricity

The house is also part of the Renew Nexus energy trading project that will enable trading of renewable energy across Fremantle

Materials, where possible, were recycled into the revamped dwelling including:

  • Front paving created from left of wine cellar cores
  • Back paving from original garden retaining walls
  • Deck made from recycled jarrah.
  • Gate posts from recycled timber from the former backyard
  • Side gate doors are recycled from the old toilet and laundry doors to the original house
  • Current bathroom window is formally the old kitchen window that was relocated
  • Outdoor tables are made from the pallets from veranda panelling and deck floorboard offcuts
  • Deck lighting feature is from wood off cuts from building

Finally we wanted more garden including more fruit and vegetables so we pulled up most of the drive way to create more green space.

Our little house is no sustainability masterpiece. It will never be on Grand Designs but through some cost-effective choices aimed at reducing our energy and water use and creating more green space we have created a home that is both more liveable and more sustainable.

Finally a big thanks to Greg and Rachel and everyone who volunteered their time to make Sustainable House Day in Fremantle such a huge success.

Come meet some Sustainable Tradies

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.

 

A range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services will be on hand to help you progress your project for example:

– Solar passive design

– Low impact, low toxicity construction

– Learn to reduce your impact in how you live

– Sustainable repairs, restorations & renovations

– Native, eco urban, Mediterranean, vegetable & verge gardens

– Chook pens, compost beds, garden beds & worm farms

– Reticulation, water ponds & grey water systems

– Building from waste with style

 

Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and come and chat with our experts in sustainable housing solutions and innovations.

10am – 1pm Saturday, High Street Mall Fremantle

This is a free event Register here to attend

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainable-tradies-meet-up-tickets-49325657369

Nightingale Fremantle: Raising the bar of triple-bottom-line housing

There are a lot of impressive sustainable developments in the pipeline in Freo at the moments but one of the most impressive projects is undoubtedly Nightingale Fremantle – another inspirational project that will be on display at the Sustainable House Day Expo from 13 – 16th Sept, and the Sustainability Showoff’s Presentation Friday 14th September at 6pm https://sustainablehouseday.com/freo-expo/.

Nightingale Housing’s first provision of triple-bottom-line housing in Fremantle takes the idea of sustainable design and community lifestyle to new heights.

In a first for Western Australia, the Fremantle apartments are delivered under the highly successful Nightingale Housing Model, which originated in Melbourne as a way of delivering homes with efficient, deliberative design and remarkable energy efficiency credentials – outcomes that contribute to ongoing health and cost benefits to purchasers.

Fremantle boasts the first Nightingale Building outside Melbourne, and offers buyers a chance to adopt a new way of living, one that is more in tune with the environment and the local community.

Managed by long-time sustainability expert Don Fini of Fini Sustainability and designed by pioneering architecture firm EHDO Architecture, Nightingale Fremantle is not just an investment in bricks and mortar; instead it represents an investment in a future that is focused on environmental responsibility, physical and mental wellbeing and community engagement.

Located in Wood Street, Fremantle, the owners of these new apartments – 15 dwellings ranging in size from one- to three-bedrooms – will enjoy all of the community facilities and smart design features that have made their Melbourne precedents so successful. Homes are allocated through an equitable balloting system, with 20% of apartments made accessible to Key Service Workers*.

Nightingale Housing mandate design attributes and energy efficiency standards that are above and beyond those found in traditional, developer-led models. Living spaces are oriented to capture northern light; windows and doors are double glazed and capitalise on the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ for cross ventilation and free passive cooling in summer.

These measures allow for a reduction in heating and cooling costs for each apartment, representing Nightingale Fremantle’s capacity for considerable ongoing savings for residents. These apartments achieve an outstanding average of 9.5 star NatHERS rating, well above the minimum requirement of 6 stars.

Each apartment has been carefully sited and designed to avoid overshadowing and overlooking of the others; residents can autonomously maintain their privacy and seek out interaction when it suits them. The communal rooftop is the social gathering place for all residents, and it boasts shared facilities such as an outdoor kitchen with sheltered decking and seating paired with a resident laundry and accessible toilet facilities.

Residents have the opportunity to partake in creating their own productive garden, with vegetable patches and landscaping complemented with a communal potting shed. Together, these rooftop amenities will foster interaction among the building’s residents and contribute to a genuine sense of community within the block.

In alliance with the Nightingale Model, Nightingale Fremantle will have an activated ground floor, with two ‘values-aligned’ commercial tenancies. These spaces will be vibrant hubs of activity, with a food providore / café and a second creative, community-based business such as a yoga studio. As the first building in Perth of its type, Nightingale heralds a new way of living: one that is in harmony with the environment among a community of people who share a similar outlook.

Sited within the Knutsford precinct, Nightingale Fremantle will appeal to buyers of all ages and stages of life, from younger first home buyers, to people with families, downsizers and empty-nesters.  Thanks to the tried-and-tested model that has proved successful in Melbourne, Nightingale Housing currently has three projects under construction and a further eight in various town planning stages. Fremantle buyers are set to enjoy apartments that nurture their residents and help them to build strong links with other people in their community.

Apartments will be available to owner-occupiers only and the process encourages purchasers to be involved in the design and construction phases of the project from early on. Interested buyers are advised to act quickly: once sold, these 15 apartments – like their Melbourne predecessors – are likely to become tightly held and highly sought after.

Nightingale Fremantle will be on display at the Sustainable House Day Expo from 13 – 16th Sept, and the Sustainability Showoff’s Presentation Friday 14th September at 6pm https://sustainablehouseday.com/freo-expo/

To register your interest please contact Nightingale Housing info@nightingalehousing.org

Grand Designs Freo: A Sustainable Housing Exhibition

We have a very exciting week ahead in Fremantle if sustainable buildings is your thing. In the lead up to Sustainable House Day that is happening around the country on Sunday, Fremantle is running a Sustainable Home Expo with some of the best sustainable projects in the nation on show from 13 – 16 September.

A key part of this will be the Grand Designs Freo Exhibition, an exhibition showcasing architectural drawings, 3D renders and photo of exceptional homes, designed or built for sustainability locally.

Some of Fremantle’s award-winning architects will exhibit their most sustainable residential housing designs, including: David Barr, Murray Slavin and Ben Braham.

Get a sneak peak at Michael Patroni’s designs for Landcorps latest development in Knustford street and learn more about Mirreco’s carbon negative hemp housing.

Come and be inspired by some of the most beautiful, creative or cleverly designed homes and housing developments in and around Fremantle.

High Street Mall, Fremantle

12pm – 5pm Thursday – Friday

10am – 4pm Saturday – Sunday

And it is all Free!

The very Sustainable Evermore Apartments are Officially Open

This afternoon I had the pleasure of officially opening the very sustainable Evermore development in WGV.

The 24-apartment development by Yolk Property on Stevens Street and is the first apartment project in WA to receive One Planet Community certification.

It is really impressive on many levels. It full of hi-tech innovation from EV charging to a large scale shared solar PV and battery technology that will mean that the apartment will produce around 80% of the power on site!

It also was Yolk Director Pete Adams called “good, old fashioned” sustainability features including north facing living areas and good cross ventilation to use the sea breeze to flush out hot air.

The Evermore development also has a communal outdoor area between the two buildings that you can see in the photos with outdoor kitchen, BBQs, entertainment area, vegetable garden, bike repair station and seating.

It also got a good write up in the West today.

Freo Sustainable Home Expo 13 – 16 September

IF you are interested in sustainable housing then Freo is the place to be in September. As part of Sustainable House Day 2018, the Fremantle Network has teamed up with the Alternative Technology Association to deliver a series of informative events and exhibitions, in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

People with an interest in sustainable housing can visit the Freo Sustainable Home Expo in the High Street Mall, which will feature:

Grand Designs Freo Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing architectural drawings, 3D renders and photo of exceptional homes, designed or built for sustainability locally. Come and be inspired by some of the most beautiful, creative or cleverly designed homes and housing developments in and around Fremantle.

13 – 16 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

12pm – 5pm Thursday – Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday – Sunday

 

One Planet Community Developments

4.30pm, Thursday 13 September at Liv Apartments, Fremantle.

A panel discussion, hosted by ABC TV’s Josh Byrne, that will feature insights from three of Fremantle’s One Planet Community developments. These large scale housing developments have incorporated significant measures to deliver more a sustainable and socially connected developments utilising the One Planet principals.Find out how and why they did a One Planet Community development, and if it was worthwhile.

Refreshments and networking will follow.

The Panel discussion will feature:

  • Liv Apartments by DHA – Cade Taylor, Senior Development Manager
  • Evermore by Yolk Property – Pete Adams, Director
  • WGV by Landcorp – Warren Phillips, Senior Development Director

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/one-planet-community-developments-panel-discussion-tickets-49371178524

 

Sustainability Show Offs!

6pm, Friday 14 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Get a quick fix of sustainability with this Pecha Kucha inspired event.

Ten local home owners and architects will showcase their sustainable home project in a series of rapid fire presentations (20 slides with 20 seconds to speak on each slide).

Presenters include Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who will talk about his own sustainable home renovation, Dimitri Kapetas from EHDO architecture will present the exciting Nightingale project, Rachel Pemberton will present about Ecoburbia, plus get a sneak preview about some of the homes that will be open for Sustainable House Day on 16 September.

Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of Fremantle’s Sustainable House Day 2018!

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainability-show-offs-tickets-49325573117

 

Sustainable Tradies Meet Up 

10am – 2pm Saturday 15 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.

We have a range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services on hand to help you progress your project for example:

  • Solar passive design
  • Low impact, low toxicity construction
  • Learn to reduce your impact in how you live
  • Sustainable repairs, restorations & renovations
  • Native, eco urban, vegetable & verge gardens
  • Chook pens, compost beds, garden beds & worm farms
  • Reticulation, water ponds & grey water systems

Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and come and chat with our experts in sustainable housing solutions and innovations.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainable-tradies-meet-up-tickets-49325657369

 

 

 

 

The Renew Nexus Smart Cities project alternative water solutions trial. 

You might remember a month or so ago there was a call out for the RENeW Nexus Participant Trial for a peer-to-peer energy trading trial across the City of Fremantle.

The Renew Nexus Smart Cities project is now looking for those with a bore to be part of the alternative water solutions trial.

The energy part is still open to new participants too.

This trial will enable participants with renewable energy systems (prosumers) to trade their surplus energy with Fremantle residents that do not own a system (consumers), providing them with a cleaner, more sustainable energy alternative across the network. As one of the world’s first trials of its kind, participation is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the energy transition.