The Creeds Farm Centre has been designed as an Eco-demonstration house. The Centre showcases the principles and operation of low energy and water use design features, technologies and appliances available to family homes.
Many items – such as the photo voltaic cells on the roof – can be retrofitted to existing houses while others, such as the building’s thin cross section, or its use of native plantation timbers, must be considered at a project’s inception.
The skillion roof and relatively thin cross section of the filament lead to an excellent environmental solution that maximizes sun penetration provides natural cross ventilation provides a simple rainwater harvesting solution provides ample room for photovoltaic cell placement
The use of low embodied energy materials, locally grown plantation timbers, environmentally friendly paints and eliminating aluminium were part of a comprehensive strategy to limit environmental impacts in the Centre’s construction.
Our building uses recycled grey water to flush toilets and to water garden beds.
Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD)
Environmental and Sustainable Design elements to the Centre include:
The building envelope – Orientation of the building; Windows – doubled glazed; amount of windows and positioning; Insulation; and how well the building has been sealed; Shading – the location of trees, the width of eaves and the position and material of any shade cloths; Natural Light; Ventilation; Heating and cooling; Lighting; Appliances;Floor and window coverings.
All Centre users are encouraged to:
- Minimise waste, using our recycling sorting system and compost
- Use our environmentally friendly cleaning products
- Minimise electricity use
- Use our paper products made from more sustainable sources, such as bamboo, sugar cane and recycled paper pulp.
We are very proud of the Sustainability Features of Creeds Farm and happy to show you all about them!
We are very proud of our facilities and our commitment to the environment. We hope our community get great use out of our purpose built centre and leave with a little more interest in sustainability within their own home.
In 2018, Whittlesea council funded us to present workshops on how to make attractive and useful things out of pallets. Pallets can be a waste product, but you can make some really great things out of them! Here is a short video about what we did : Palletable
Deciding to Offset our Energy Use
In February and March 2015, we undertook an audit of the energy that we use at Creeds Farm. The audit found that our operations generated about 10 tonnes of green house gases per year. This was generated by our heating, lighting, computers, cooking and part of our hot water. It does not include green houses gases produced by travel to or from the centre or the the materials that we consume at Creeds Farm.
After considering the energy audit, our Committee of Management decided that the most cost effective way that we could reduce our green house impact was by buying offsets through the Greenfleet bio-diverse offset program where native trees are planted to absorb the equivalent of the 10 tonnes of green house gasses that we generate. The certificate for the offsets is here.
Thank you to Aparna Sethi who did a great job in researching and pulling together the energy audit.