What is a passive house? Extremely eco-friendly Queensland home can be heated with a hair dryer

Inside this ‘normal’ but unique house is a VERY unique feature that allows you to heat up the entire house with a HAIR DRYER in 20 minutes

  • An ordinary Queenslander home features a unique, ultra-energy efficient design
  • Kearneys Springs Pad is located in Toowoomba, 132 kilometers east of Brisbane
  • Because of its smart design, the house can be heated up in 20 minutes with a hair dryer
  • Heat is locked in with thick insulation, double glazed glass and airtightness
  • The ventilation system of the eco house keeps the interior at 30-60 percent humidity

One of Australia’s ‘greenest’ homes features a state-of-the-art design that will save owners thousands on electricity bills as it can be fully heated in just 20 minutes with a hair dryer.

Located in Kearneys Springs, a suburb of Toowoomba, 132 km east of Brisbane, the 2020-built contemporary home is the second of its kind in Queensland.

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

A unique Queensland home is considered one of the

A unique Queensland home is considered one of the “greenest” in the country and, thanks to its unique eco-friendly design, can be heated in just 20 minutes with a hair dryer or a stove

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

Something as small as a hair dryer or stove will heat up the house in minutes thanks 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 home’, meaning it has a minimal environmental impact with a design that requires little heating and cooling.

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

There is also a sophisticated ventilation system that keeps the humidity in the house at a comfortable 30-60 percent all year round.

The four bedroom eco-friendly log home is certified as a'passive plus home', meaning it has a minimal environmental impact with a design that requires minimal heating and cooling

The four bedroom eco-friendly log home is certified as a ‘passive plus home’, meaning it has a minimal environmental impact with a design that requires minimal heating and cooling

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

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

What is a certified passive house?

“Passive house” is a construction standard that achieves thermal comfort with minimal heating and cooling through insulation, airtightness, appropriate window and door design, ventilation systems with heat recovery and elimination of thermal bridges.

Originally developed in Germany in the 1990s, the passive house principle is now used worldwide.

Passive House standards are performance-based: they set performance targets to be met, but do not prescribe specific materials or products.

The Passive House Institute administers a certification program that allows a building to be designated as a certified Passive House once it meets certain performance standards.

Source: yourhome.gov.au

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 two-story atrium and opens to a covered alfresco decking area.

The dining area features a server window that can be pulled back to act as a private bar and a Hamptons-style kitchen with marble countertops and an island with a breakfast bar.

On the ground floor there is a master suite and on the upper floor there are three more cozy bedrooms and a study.

A ducted reverse cycle air conditioning and heat recovery system with medical filters and a rainwater tank also contribute to the energy efficiency of the house.

Upside Real Estate marketing agent Richard Cocozza told realestate.com.au he believes the house will be the first Passive House Plus certified house to be sold in Australia.

“The way the air circulates around the house and the idea that everything contributes to heating, from the stove to the 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 glazing, the insulation, the gas-tight windows to keep it airtight, it all means it doesn’t take much to cool it down or heat it up.’

It was sold in April for $630,000 to a local woman seeking a downsizing and raked in a $100,000 profit since it last changed hands in March of last year.

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