Organic retreat

Open Sunday September 14 for Sustainable House Day

Environmentally friendly homes and beautiful vistas seem to go hand in hand and Girragirra retreat is no exception. This new residence on a 50 acre organic farm at Forbes overlooks a billabong of the Lachlan River and spreads across two pavilions – one is Wendy and Kim’s new home, the other is a self-contained holiday rental.

Wendy and Kim are fourth generation farmers with a passion for sustainable living and regenerative farming practices. Their retreat was designed by Environa Studio to stay naturally warm in winter and cool in summer. Sun streams in the wide north-facing front in the cooler months while cross flow ventilation, loads of insulation and double glazing provide year round thermal comfort.

The house is clad in corrugated iron repurposed from an old warehouse, the internal joinery courtesy of a felled river red gum, milled onsite, while all waste was reused or recycled, down to the cardboard packaging which was placed in pits to act as a water-soak for trees.

A ‘big lid’ roof collects around 200,000 litres of rain water. A 10 kilowatt solar array produces more energy than the owners can use, and a solar hydronic hot water and underfloor heating system has proved a big energy saver.

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Cover of Issue 28
You can read more about Organic retreat in Issue 28 of Sanctuary magazine.

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