Building a self-sufficient home may involve a higher initial investment, but it is usually worth it in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and lower energy bills.
Sydney neighbors Geoff Carroll and Julie Young did just that by hiring CplusC Architectural Workshop to renovate their 1980s home into an environmentally friendly, energy self-sufficient home that allows them to grow their own food. and keep track of your daily energy use.
Carroll and Young, who work for a company that helps clients cope with the challenges of hyper-urbanization and climate change, wanted a home that reflected their commitment to sustainability. The result, called Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is a house dominated by its sustainable features like a central courtyard filled with greenery, vertical gardens, aquaponic systems, systems for storing and filtering rainwater and even a chicken coop.
The architects significantly improved the building’s thermal performance and introduced large outdoor spaces. They also reduced the number of bedrooms from four to two, relocated the staircase to the front of the building, and turned the existing garage into a permaculture garden.
A pipe that passes through the concrete leads the rainwater to an underground tank. This rainwater is used to supply the laundry, toilet and garden. The back garden has an aquaponic system for collecting fish, a composting system, a vegetable garden and a chicken coop. Finally, a thermosolar system is used for hot water, while photovoltaic solar panels provide electricity.
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Photos by Murray Fredericks