Welcome to the house – well underneath and on top of it really . ‘Bellis’ harvests rainwater, recycles sewage and creates it’s own power.
In A Nutshell
CONSTRUCTION: Timber. Vertical joist (VJ) internal walls. High-set on wooden and metal stumps. Galvanised corrugated steel roof.
Rainwater harvesting system: 150m2 Catchment, 21,000 litre storage.
Aerated wastewater recycler with UV steriliser – no chlorine.
900w solar pv system
These are the systems that make it happen and the uproar that attends their installation.
Don’t talk to us about plumbers…
Delivery of the Sewage System. Dec ‘03
Are you sure it’ll fit?
The tanks are ⅓ buried
System in place and working
Digging for rainwater tank. Dec ‘03
Where will I put all this subsoil?
The tank was poured onsite
Forms and reinforcement in place
Pouring the tank
Finishing the lid
“Now, remember to put some water in there. If you don’t and you get rain the tank will float and be damaged.”
Later that afternoon…
Fitting the panels
Dual supply switches for a grid-connected system. If the power fails our solar shuts down to protect electricity workers…
Warren & Graham rewired the house after we discovered that the previous ‘rewiring’ was cosmetic. You’re not sustainable if you’ve burnt down…