Box Hill house

Box Hill house
Box Hill house
OwnersRobin and MaryLou Friday
LocationBox Hill, Melbourne
TypeSustainable renovation
House sizeMedium

Summary of house features

  • Photo-voltaic cells that send power back to the grid – thirty 85w panels produce 2.4kW
  • Rainwater tank
  • Grey water diverters
  • Compost bins
  • Solar-powered hot water
  • Rain sensor on the irrigation system from the water tank
  • Permalculture yard

Robin and MaryLou Friday’s home and garden in Mont Albert have been progressively modified to implement sustainable living features to maximize use of solar energy, reduce water use and minimise heating loss in winter.

The house won Sustainability Award from the City of Whitehorse.


The house is breaks even for electricity – production from the panels meets their electricity usage of about 7kwH per day.


  • Tim the Tankman