EcoHousing Tour<br>Maleny Wood Expo 2005


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EcoHousing Tour
Saturday 30 April 2005     9.00am to 2.30pm     $40

Offers insights into 'green' principles in practice as applied to two contrasting house designs in Maleny.

EcoHouse design continues to grow in importance as an inspiration for people wanting to live more sustainably, focusing on areas of water, energy, waste management, building and garden design, and personal well-being. Energy efficient housing design includes considerations such as material usage, solar design, insulation, ventilation and conservation.

This EcoHouse Tour offers insights into 'green' principles applied to two contrasting house designs in Maleny.

One house will also provide a working demonstration of the revolutionary Biolytix Waste Treatment System, which uses a biological filtering to convert sewage, wastewater, sanitary items and food scraps into irrigation water. These filters can be applied to domestic and commercial applications, as well as networking for housing developments at half the cost of sewerage. This invention by local resident Dean Cameron was a double winner on the ABC TV program, The New Inventors.

During morning tea, an illustrated slide/talk will be presented by Ahtee Chia, a Maleny architect with particular interests in ecologically sustainable housing design. Ahtee's local designs include strawbale housing, as well as Mary Cairncross Information Centre (the venue for the presentation).

Local sponsor Maleny Credit Union will also provide some useful information and resources for efficient, healthy and comfortable homes.

EcoHouse 1

This 'viable alternative' modern home was designed by Chris Rew and built by John Oliver in November 2004.

The house is a two bedroom rammed earth construction featuring passive solar design with solar hot water. Other features to note include the decorative use of sandstone, the use of various Australian timbers in the kitchen and a biolytix wastewater treatment plant.

Beneficial Features of Building with Rammed Earth

There are many advantages of building with rammed earth include superior insulation, strength and durability, low maintenance, fire proofing, load bearing and pest deterrence - to say nothing of its beauty and the pleasure of building with a natural environmentally sound material.

    *  Thermal Mass - outside rammed earth walls very thick (300mm), providing unsurpassed protection from extremes in temperature. The thickness and density means that heat (or cold) penetration of the wall is very slow to reach the internal spaces - snug in winter, cool in summer.
    * Noise Reduction Wall width and density minimizes external noise whilst internal walls provide extremely useful sound insulation between areas with different needs - living / sleeping, public / family room / study area etc.
    * Strength and Durability as per CSIRO research, plus experience of its worldwide use, expertly constructed rammed earth together with scientific soil testing, can ensure maximum strength and durability.
    * Low Maintenance Walls stand alone and need no finishing with gyprock, render, paint, wallpaper etc. Such finishes can be added for aesthetic reasons only. Rammed earth walls require no ongoing maintenance.
    * Fire Proof Rammed earth is non-combustible and ideal for bush settings and leafy suburbs. CSIRO tests show that a 250mm rammed earth block wall achieved a 4hour fire resistance rating. Monolithic walls have no vulnerable mortar joints.
    * Load Bearing Engineers recognize rammed earth as load bearing, so other structural framing is unlikely to be needed, further cutting costs. Also provides substantial bracing to buildings.
    * Rapid Construction Rammed earth walls are fast to go up and for an average home can be up and ready for roof framing in as little as a week.
    * Cost Effective Unlike some masonry forms, rammed earth walls don't need core filling or reinforcing; nor gyprocking, plastering, painting or wallpapering.
    * Pest Proof Termites and other pests aren't interested in rammed earth. And with structural timber not generally needed the risk of termite attack is even further reduced.
    * Environmentally Friendly Rammed earth is non-toxic, non-polluting and 'breathes' - making for safer, more people-friendly buildings. It is very low in embodied energy.

EcoHouse 2

Keith Kuchenmeister is an architect who initially built a small cottage to house a family in order to then build a larger new house. The cottage is to then become a granny flat.

Construction is to consume as few resources, time, money as possible and the house is to be aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance & functional.

Keith is now constructing the main house along similar designs as the cottage. This house will be in advanced state of construction at the time of the tour.

 

The 2005 ECOTOUR Program


EcoHousing Tour
Saturday 30 April 2005     9.00am to 2.30pm     $40


EcoHouse design continues to grow in importance as an inspiration for people wanting to live more sustainably, focusing on areas of water, energy, waste management, building and garden design, and personal well-being. Energy efficient housing design includes considerations such as material usage, solar design, insulation, ventilation and conservation.

This EcoHouse Tour offers insights into 'green' principles applied to two contrasting house designs in Maleny.

One house will also provide a working demonstration of the revolutionary Biolytix Waste Treatment System, which uses a biological filtering to convert sewage, wastewater, sanitary items and food scraps into irrigation water. These filters can be applied to domestic and commercial applications, as well as networking for housing developments at half the cost of sewerage. This invention by local resident Dean Cameron was a double winner on the ABC TV program, The New Inventors.

During morning tea, an illustrated slide/talk will be presented by Ahtee Chia, a Maleny architect with particular interests in ecologically sustainable housing design. Ahtee's local designs include strawbale housing, as well as Mary Cairncross Information Centre (the venue for the presentation).

Local sponsor Maleny Credit Union will also provide some useful information and resources for efficient, healthy and comfortable homes.

    * EcoHouse 1
    * EcoHouse 2

 

You can download the booking form here ( as a PDF document ) or email the Expo booking office

 

 

EcoHouse 1


This 'viable alternative' modern home was designed by Chris Rew and built by John Oliver in November 2004.

The house is a two bedroom rammed earth construction featuring passive solar design with solar hot water. Other features to note include the decorative use of sandstone, the use of various Australian timbers in the kitchen and a biolytix wastewater treatment plant.
Beneficial Features of Building with Rammed Earth
There are many advantages of building with rammed earth include superior insulation, strength and durability, low maintenance, fire proofing, load bearing and pest deterrence - to say nothing of its beauty and the pleasure of building with a natural environmentally sound material.

    * Thermal Mass - outside rammed earth walls very thick (300mm), providing unsurpassed protection from extremes in temperature. The thickness and density means that heat (or cold) penetration of the wall is very slow to reach the internal spaces - snug in winter, cool in summer.
    * Noise Reduction Wall width and density minimizes external noise whilst internal walls provide extremely useful sound insulation between areas with different needs - living / sleeping, public / family room / study area etc.
    * Strength and Durability as per CSIRO research, plus experience of its worldwide use, expertly constructed rammed earth together with scientific soil testing, can ensure maximum strength and durability.
    * Low Maintenance Walls stand alone and need no finishing with gyprock, render, paint, wallpaper etc. Such finishes can be added for aesthetic reasons only. Rammed earth walls require no ongoing maintenance.
    * Fire Proof Rammed earth is non-combustible and ideal for bush settings and leafy suburbs. CSIRO tests show that a 250mm rammed earth block wall achieved a 4hour fire resistance rating. Monolithic walls have no vulnerable mortar joints.
    * Load Bearing Engineers recognize rammed earth as load bearing, so other structural framing is unlikely to be needed, further cutting costs. Also provides substantial bracing to buildings.
    * Rapid Construction Rammed earth walls are fast to go up and for an average home can be up and ready for roof framing in as little as a week.
    * Cost Effective Unlike some masonry forms, rammed earth walls don't need core filling or reinforcing; nor gyprocking, plastering, painting or wallpapering.
    * Pest Proof Termites and other pests aren't interested in rammed earth. And with structural timber not generally needed the risk of termite attack is even further reduced.
    * Environmentally Friendly Rammed earth is non-toxic, non-polluting and 'breathes' - making for safer, more people-friendly buildings. It is very low in embodied energy.

 

 

 

EcoHouse 2


Keith Kuchenmeister is an architect who initially built a small cottage to house a family in order to then build a larger new house. The cottage is to then become a granny flat.

Construction is to consume as few resources, time, money as possible and the house is to be aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance & functional.

Keith is now constructing the main house along similar designs as the cottage. This house will be in advanced state of construction at the time of the tour.

Design features:

    * Concrete slab with tile finish
    * Low maintenance and long life expectancy
    * High thermal mass
    * Easy platform to build from
    * Good termite barrier
    * Painted timber windows
    * Used recycled windows & doors
    * Painting over existing paint
    * Paint stripping of timber is high energy - oil finishes require high maintenance and are susceptible to mould
    * Structure:
    * Using purlins instead of rafters/battens
    * Internal and end walls hold up roof so external wall openings don't need big lintels
    * Less timber usage
    * Internal ceiling fixed directly to underside of purlins
    * Ceiling reasonably free of beams (rafters/ridges) for good Feng Shui
    * Gable and overhangs easily achieved
    * Last purlin becomes a facia using recycled timber
    * Exposed timber preservation
    * Bitumen seals timber and moves with timber, resealing possible cracks
    * Walls - use of concrete render over corrugated iron sheet with 13mm wire mesh
    * Second hand sheeting very cheap recycled resource as base for render
    * Render is labour intensive but material is cheap - reasonably low energy building system
    * Finished surface should last the lifetime of the building
    * Use of double skin hollow wall for reasonable thermal mass, reasonable insulation, acoustics, eliminates architraves, cornices & skirtings; render has hand made finish and light on irregular render adds character to wall appearance.
    * Apart from the obvious energy savings of extensively using recycled materials, the construction offers cost savings of up to 2/3 of equivalent new-material construction.

For EcoTour bookings or for further information about the Maleny Wood Expo 2005, contact the Wood Expo office on (07) 5429 6566, email info@malenywoodexpo.com or visit our web-site www.malenywoodexpo.com

Maleny Wood Expo 2005 Eco Tour Program
Tour Guide :||: EcoHousing :||: EcoGardening :||: Off-Beat Rainforest Tour
Farm Fresh Organics :||: Mary Valley Flavours :||: Café Latte :||: Farm Forestry
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