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-Stuart McQuire's home in West Brunswick was the first in Victoria to feed energy it created into the state's power grid.+[[Image:West Brunswick solar panels.jpg|thumb|right|300px]]
 +Stuart McQuire's home in West Brunswick was the first in Victoria and the second in Australia to feed energy it created into the state's power grid. Since 1996 the house has has generated more electricity than it has used. After an outlay of $5000, Stuart hasn't paid an electricity bill.
-After an outlay of $5000, he hasn't paid an electricity bill since 1996. +{| border="1" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="border:1px solid #aaa; border-collapse:collapse"
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 +|| '''Owners''' || Stuart McQuire and Wendy Orams
 +|-
 +|| '''Location''' || Brunswick West
 +|-
 +|| '''Country''' || Australia
 +|-
 +|| '''Type''' || Sustainable renovation
 +|-
 +|| '''House size''' || Medium, 21 squares
 +|-
 +|| '''Owner contact''' || Phone: 61 3 9018 9720 or 0413 125 170, [mailto: stuart@greenmakeover.com.au stuart@greenmakeover.com.au]
 +|-
 +|}
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-==External links==+<big>'''Summary of house features'''
-* [http://www.greenmakeover.com.au/ Green Makeover Home Page]. Owner's website for the West Brunswick Sustainable House, one of Australia’s leading sustainable homes, transformed with a `green makeover’ by Stuart McQuire and Wendy Orams.+* Solar panels, grid interactive
 +* Solar hot water
 +* Rainwater tanks
 +* Grey water recycling
 +* Permaculture style garden
 +* House tours are available by arrangement with the owner
 + 
 +</big>
 +<br/>
 + 
 +The West Brunswick Sustainable House is a comfortable family home that has been re-fitted or retrofitted to have exceptional environmental performance. Through the use of rainwater and recycled water, mains water consumption is only two and a half buckets per day, or 97% less than the typical Melbourne house. The house is set in a permaculture style garden with over 20 fruit and nut trees, vegetable garden, compost and chooks. The green makeover of our house has happened progressively over time, without any need to renovate or rebuild the house.
 + 
 +Compared to the typical Melbourne home the West Brunswick Sustainable House demonstrated the following savings in 2005:
 +* >100% less electricity (10th consecutive year of solar surplus!)
 +* 92% less greenhouse gas emissions
 +* 97% less mains water
 +* 63% less natural gas
 +* 73% less discharge to the sewer*
 +* 90% less waste to landfill* (* denotes estimated)
 + 
 +== Feedback or comments on this article ==
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 +== External links ==
 +* [http://www.greenmakeover.com.au/ Green Makeover Home Page] --Owner's website
* [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/15/1087244915663.html From little changes, big money grows], The Age, June 16, 2004 * [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/06/15/1087244915663.html From little changes, big money grows], The Age, June 16, 2004
* [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/19/1050172797851.html Many ways to cut the waste], The Age, April 20, 2003 * [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/04/19/1050172797851.html Many ways to cut the waste], The Age, April 20, 2003
* [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/12/1029113894740.html VCAT casts a shadow on commitment to solar power], The Age, August 13 2002 * [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/12/1029113894740.html VCAT casts a shadow on commitment to solar power], The Age, August 13 2002
* [http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/home-green-home/2006/09/05/1157222128719.html Home, green home], The Age, September 6, 2006 * [http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/home-green-home/2006/09/05/1157222128719.html Home, green home], The Age, September 6, 2006
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 +[[Category:Medium size home]]
 +[[Category:Victoria]]
 +[[Category:Urban]]
 +[[Category:Renovation]]
 +[[Category:Sustainable houses]]
 +[[Category:Protected]]

Revision as of 07:51, 3 June 2007

Stuart McQuire's home in West Brunswick was the first in Victoria and the second in Australia to feed energy it created into the state's power grid. Since 1996 the house has has generated more electricity than it has used. After an outlay of $5000, Stuart hasn't paid an electricity bill.

Owners Stuart McQuire and Wendy Orams
Location Brunswick West
Country Australia
Type Sustainable renovation
House size Medium, 21 squares
Owner contact Phone: 61 3 9018 9720 or 0413 125 170, [mailto: stuart@greenmakeover.com.au stuart@greenmakeover.com.au]


Summary of house features

  • Solar panels, grid interactive
  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Grey water recycling
  • Permaculture style garden
  • House tours are available by arrangement with the owner


The West Brunswick Sustainable House is a comfortable family home that has been re-fitted or retrofitted to have exceptional environmental performance. Through the use of rainwater and recycled water, mains water consumption is only two and a half buckets per day, or 97% less than the typical Melbourne house. The house is set in a permaculture style garden with over 20 fruit and nut trees, vegetable garden, compost and chooks. The green makeover of our house has happened progressively over time, without any need to renovate or rebuild the house.

Compared to the typical Melbourne home the West Brunswick Sustainable House demonstrated the following savings in 2005:

  • >100% less electricity (10th consecutive year of solar surplus!)
  • 92% less greenhouse gas emissions
  • 97% less mains water
  • 63% less natural gas
  • 73% less discharge to the sewer*
  • 90% less waste to landfill* (* denotes estimated)

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You can use the Community Portal for questions, feedback or observations relating to this article.

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