A bushfire-resistant earthship-inspired underground home, using recycled bricks from the former dwelling lost in the Black Saturday fires of 2009. This warm and light home generates more energy than it consumes. Sheep are used to keep the grass short on the rooftop, and the north-facing greenhouse provides passive heating, and the perfect growing environment for tropical herbs such as tumeric, lemongrass and ginger.
The home is used regularly as a classroom for high-school and permaculture classes, as an example of permaculture design principles, passive house design principles and carbon-neutral living.
This project was featured on Grand Designs Australia.
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Sheep keep the grass short on the roof of the house
Master bedroom with lime rendered walls
Kitchen and living area opens out to the North-facing sunroom
The north-facing sunroom passively heats the home
Recycled bricks from a former home frame the arched windows
Simple low-maintenance landscape reflects the farm environment