Josh’s House demonstrates that energy efficient and water sensitive homes can be built at a comparable cost and timeframe to regular houses by regular trades. The house achieved 10 Star NatHERS rating and is net energy exporters. It collects and recycles most of its own water and landscaping includes food production, wildlife habitat and play spaces. The interiors incorporate ‘Healthy Homes’ (indoor air quality) and ‘Liveable Homes’ (universal access) principles.
For more information on the project’s key initiatives check out the details below.
Solar Energy Initiatives
In 2018 a major upgrade of the solar system was undertaken, along with the replacement of the original gas boosted solar hot water system with an electric heat pump, and the gas stove with an induction cooktop. A new 6.4kW solar array and 5kW hybrid inverter was installed to cover the additional load of these new appliances as well as an electric vehicle (EV). The battery was also replaced with a new, more efficient model.
Find out more about the new solar energy system and appliance upgrades by downloading the factsheet or watching the video. Information on the original solar equipment configurations can be found in our Video Library.
With 72% of Perth’s drinking water being used in our homes and more than 40% of this being used to water our gardens, how we design and manage our household and landscape water use can make a big impact on water savings.
Josh’s House cleverly combines the use of alternative water sources, such as rainwater and greywater, with leading edge efficiency techniques and technology to reduce demand on precious drinking water. All up the homes use less than a third of the typical Perth household mains water consumption, while maintaining a beautiful, productive and shady garden.
The design intent behind the landscaping at Josh’s House addresses and number of important sustainability goals, including energy efficiency, habitat provision, water conservation, nutrient recycling and food production.
Detailed monitoring is being undertaken at Josh’s House to assess the performance of the various design features and technologies. The monitoring system is comprised of around 70 individual channels of data logging. This data collection forms part of a broader research program on ‘high performance housing’ being undertaken by Curtin University’s Sustainability Institute (CUSP), through the Cooperative Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living.
For more details on the performance monitoring at Josh’s House and to see the results, visit the Research page.