• Location: Kinglake, VIC 3763
  • Housing Type: Standalone House
  • Project Type: Global Model Earthship Inspired Build
  • Builder: owner-builder
  • Designer: Biotecture

‘Kinship’ emerged out of a desire to create a positive legacy from the wreck of Black Saturday.

The building is constructed from second hand and redundant object upcycled materials, and is solar passive, and uses no fuel or energy for space heating or cooling (and performs at a 20+ star rating).

When complete, it will be off grid for electricity (solar, wind, geothermal), process all grey and black waste, collect and store rainwater, grow food (inside and out) and be fire and flood resistant.

Despite the fire damage, we managed to salvage most of the significant infrastructure from our much loved two bedroom muddy.

Our ‘mudship’ rebuild is part ‘biotecture’ retrofit of our original home and part construction of a two bedroom Global Model Earthship-inspired new dwelling.

Through a series of workshops almost 200 people have been involved, in some way, in the rebuild. The building wouldn’t have been possible without their collective generosity and shared creativity.

A big shout out and thank you to Ian, Sam, Dani, Sean, Jamie, Duncan, Damien, Brett, Maggie, Angel and Carlos, in particular, for sterling efforts and stellar contributions.

The long-term goal is to create a convivial space for community-based bioculture and permaculture education, and a sanctuary for human and animal trauma and mental health recovery and healing.

  • Passive heating cooling: Thermal mass
  • Window Protection: Double glazed glass in reclaimed recycled timber

Recycled and reused materials:

Aggregate
Appliances
Basins/sinks
Bath
Bathroom cabinets
Benchtops
Bottles
Bricks
Cans
Copper pipes/fittings
Concrete
Decking
Doors
House – all materials reused
Glass
Kitchen cabinets
Paving
Rocks/stone
Steel frame
Timber
Tyres
Windows

Insulation Type:

Under-roof
Ceiling
Internal walls
External walls

All-Electric Home? Yes

Renewable energy used: 
Geothermal
Solar PV grid connect
Wind

Average Daily Energy Consumption:
goals is 10% of standard household energy consumption

Total cost of home when constructed: $350,000 – $400,000

Estimate of annual savings: The goal is to use 1/10th of the average utilities use a standard house this size

 

House Size
400m2

BAL Rating
BAL – 40: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 40kW/m2

Roof
Industrial cliplock

Wall Materials
Cob construction
Earthwall
Mud brick
Tyres

Number of bedrooms
4

Number of bathrooms
2

 

Healthy home features

Indoor plants for air filtration
Lime render/wash
Natural light and ventilation

Healthy Home
we used a range of different renders including natural clay