What is a passive house? Ultra eco-friendly Queensland home can be heated with a hairdryer

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What is a passive house? Ultra eco-friendly Queensland home can be heated with a hairdryer

Inside this ‘ordinary’ yet unique house lies a VERY unique feature that allows you to heat up the whole house in 20 minutes with a HAIR DRYER

  • A typical Queenslander home has a unique ultra-energy efficient design
  • The Kearneys Springs Road is in Toowoomba, 132 kilometers east of Brisbane
  • Due to its smart design, the house can be heated with a hairdryer in 20 minutes
  • Heat is trapped by thick insulation, double glazing and airtightness
  • The eco-house’s ventilation system keeps the interior at 30-60 percent humidity

One of the ‘greenest’ homes in Australia boasts a modern design that will save the owners thousands on electricity bills thanks to the ability to be fully heated in just 20 minutes with a hairdryer.

Built in 2020, the contemporary home is in the Toowoomba suburb of Kearneys Springs, 132km east of Brisbane, and is the second of its kind in Queensland.

Something as small as a hairdryer or oven will heat the house in minutes thanks to its insulation, airtightness, double-glazed doors and windows and a sophisticated ventilation system.

A unique Queensland home is billed as one of the ‘greenest’ in the country and can be heated with a hairdryer or oven in just 20 minutes thanks to its unique eco-friendly design

Something as small as a hair dryer or oven will heat the house in minutes due to its insulation, airtightness, double glazed doors and windows and a sophisticated ventilation system

Something as small as a hair dryer or oven will heat the house in minutes due to its insulation, airtightness, double glazed doors and windows and a sophisticated ventilation system

The four-bedroom eco-friendly pad is certified as a ‘Passive Plus House’ meaning it has minimal environmental impact with a design that requires little heating and cooling.

The floors, ceilings and walls have a thick layer of insulation and all the glass doors and windows are double glazed to keep heat in in winter and out during summer.

There is also a cleverly designed ventilation system that keeps the humidity levels inside the house at a comfortable 30-60 percent throughout the year.

The four-bedroom eco-friendly pad is certified as a 'Passive Plus House' meaning it has minimal environmental impact with a design that requires minimal heating and cooling

The four-bedroom eco-friendly pad is certified as a ‘Passive Plus House’ meaning it has minimal environmental impact with a design that requires minimal heating and cooling

The floors, ceilings and walls have a thick layer of insulation and all the glass doors and windows are double glazed to keep heat in in winter and out in summer

The floors, ceilings and walls have a thick layer of insulation and all the glass doors and windows are double glazed to keep heat in in winter and out in summer

What is a certified Passive House?

‘Passive House’ is a design standard that achieves thermal comfort with minimal heating and cooling by using insulation, airtightness, appropriate window and door design, ventilation systems with heat recovery and elimination of thermal bridges.

Passive house principles, originally developed in Germany in the 1990s, are now used around the world.

Passive house standards are performance-based: they set performance targets to be achieved, but do not dictate specific materials or products.

The Passive House Institute administers a certification scheme that allows a building to be called a Certified Passive House once it has met certain performance standards.

Source: yourhome.gov.au

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While the house is airtight, it can be opened to allow natural breezes to flow through.

An airy L-shaped family room houses a kitchen, lounge and dining area, features a soaring double-storey atrium and opens onto a covered area with an outdoor deck.

The dining area has a bay window that pulls back to serve as a private bar and a Hamptons-style kitchen with marble counters and an island with a breakfast bar.

On the ground level is a master suite and upstairs there are three more cozy bedrooms as well as a home study.

Also contributing to the home’s energy efficiency is a reverse cycle air conditioner and heat recovery system with medical grade filters as well as a rainwater tank.

Marketing agent Richard Cocozza of Upside Real Estate told realestate.com.au he believed the home was the first Passive House Plus certified home to be sold in Australia.

“The way air circulates in the house, and the idea that everything contributes to heating it, from the oven to a hair dryer, and given how airtight it can be, it’s very efficient,” he said.

‘That’s why the air conditioner is so small considering it’s a 220 square meter house. When it’s closed, the glass, the insulation, the gas-sealed windows to keep it airtight, all mean it doesn’t take much to cool it down or heat it up.’

It sold for $630,000 in April to a local woman looking to pare down a $100,000 profit since it last changed hands in March of last year.

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