The RACV Tiny Home is on display this weekend from 10am to 4pm behind Her Majesty’s Theatre as part of Open House Melbourne. Designed by architect Peter Maddison from Grand Designs Australia, it features a Paarhammer bi-fold door as part of sustainable living. Using smart design principles and carefully chosen materials, this concept showcases what contributes to creating a home that is not only comfortable to live in but more affordable to run.
The floor space of the Tiny Home is just 18.75 square meter with a head space of 3.6 meter, the weight is 7.5 tonnes and it features natural and eco-friendly materials. There are four layers of insulation in the walls and roof, and two in the floor, including a material that traps and stores energy to be released later when needed. Together with high-efficiency solar panels, water tanks and double glazed windows and Paarhammer doors, this house reaches more than the six-star standard and offers incredible energy savings.
During the Open House Melbourne on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July the RACV Tiny Home is situated at 100-102 Little Bourke Street, and there is a special program: Join Peter Maddison – award-winning architect, host of Grand Designs Australia, and designer of RACV Tiny Home – and 5x4 Hayes Lane owner Ralph Alphonso in conversation for a discussion about living small and smart in the city. The 5x4 Hayes Lane also features Paarhammer windows and doors and is open this weekend, but unfortunately already booked out. Read about the 5x4 house in our Case Studies.
It also shows smart technology to streamline household duties, saving energy and money in the process. Voice commands or a tablet control everything from LED lighting to security cameras or opening blinds in the morning as well as monitor water and waste tanks and how much energy the solar panels are storing.
The Tiny Home fits onto the back of a truck and will be travelling Victoria during the next 12 months, giving many people the opportunity to better understand what makes a home perform well.