I’ve recently finished a self-build of a small (90m²) house in Brisbane. It’s been “running” for 2 years now. It’s in Brisbane.
- See the article in Santuary Magazine (PDF) …
- or view the time lapse of construction…
- or there’s a photo gallery below…
- or check out the article in Owner Builder magazine (PDF).
- or feast on a more scientific AIRAH presentation (PDF)
Interesting parts of the house:
- Based on Passive House principles – airtight, heat-exchanger, passive solar design.
- Phase Change Material – thermal mass without the weight (BioPCM)
- Custom built benches from Cadagee trees felled on site
- Recycled flooring, deck and custom cabinetry
- Monitoring system for temperature and energy using IotaWatt and OneWire sensors
- Cypress framing and weatherboard (termite resistant without pesticide)
- Vapour-permeable membrane, with external polystyrene insulation; door blower test
Interesting parts of the process:
- built with French HelperX workers
- built a house as “skilled amateur”
- used BIM (Revit) for design, building, scheduling and takeoffs