5×4 Hayes Lane Project, one of Kevin’s Favourites

Posted on: April 23rd, 2017 by Barley Store

 


Over 60 diverse builds later, which homes did UK host Kevin McCloud pick as the best of the best?
 

 
The top 10

Open House Melbourne 2016 – 5×4 makes the list

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Barley Store

 


The 5×4 House will be part of the Open House Melbourne Event in 2016.
 

OHM 2016

This will be your chance to walk through the house and feel what it is like filling a 5×4 metre space, the design, storage, features and the outlook.
 

30th & 31st July2016

Saturday 1pm-4pm,
Sunday 1pm-4pm
Tours at 1pm, 1:20, 1:40, 2, 2:20, 2:40, 3, 3:20, and 3:40pm – Booking required

 
Bookings open Monday 18 July 8:30am until booked out.
 
For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/5×4-hayes-lane-project-tickets-26262774666
 

Interiors Addict’s, Amy Collins Walker speaks with Ralph Alphonso about 5×4 and Open House Melbourne 2016.

Posted on: July 3rd, 2016 by Barley Store

 
“Just 20 square metres…” read Amy Collins Walkers article on 5×4 and Open House Melbourne 2016.

 


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A little mention in The Age from Katie Cincotta

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The arrival of home storage batteries in Australia is likely to make renewable energy a more attractive proposition for householders, writes Katie Cincotta.


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Tony Abbott loved coal, said it was ‘‘good for humanity’’ . After Malcolm Turnbull dethroned him, the new Prime Minister declared disruption technology to be the way forward, ‘‘if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it’’ . (more…)

Bioregional and the 5×4 Project

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Recently our friends at Bioregional wrote a piece as a case study on the 5×4 building, as it is the first time that their One Planet Living principles have been applied to a singular residential building.
 
To read the article and see more about the great work coming out of Bioregional, click below.


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Finally, some photos!

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s been a long time coming, but finally we have some photos to release. The 5×4 Project building scrubs up very nicely, lighting up in the foreground in a city-scape at night, and absorbing plenty of solar rays during the day.
 

The Fifth Estate

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Willow Aliento, from The Fifth Estate, has written a follow-up case study on the 5×4 Project, providing a conclusion to the initial write-up by Cameron Jewell back in May 2013.

The Fifth Estate is one of Australia’s leading online newspapers in the sustainable built environment, providing free online journalism to all.
 
Please have a read, and check out the initial case study (the link’s in the article) as a reminder of the Project’s conception more than 2 years ago!


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Airing the Grand Designs episode

Posted on: November 7th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
With the Grand Designs episode due to air, we invited all the Project Partners to come and celebrate the completed 5×4 Project construction.
 
For many it was the first time they had seen the building in its completed form, and the 5×4 Building certainly put on a show! The episode was played on the front façade of the building, while people stood and took in the building showcasing its own construction.
 


  
Special thanks to Enphase Energy, Melbourne Cranes, Just Stairs and Paahammer Windows for their donations, The Little Mushroom Co. for their tasty mushroom/halloumi burgers, Temple Brewery for their beverage contribution, and Dan Murphy’s for their advice and service.

Living room/Kitchen Transformations

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
With the confined space, the Kitchen had to be able to transform into a Living room, and vice versa.
 
The TV unit pops up in front of the window – meaning that it can be a bench by day and TV stand by night.
 
The couch/kitchen table was designed by Ralph Alphonso and built in collaboration with 2nd Chance Tables, using recycled timber to construct the beautiful tabletop.
The table sits as the backrest for the couch, and pivots on a pin into a comfortable sofa. The stools transition between table chairs and footrest, and it is upholstered by Martel Upholstery with the fabric from Woven Image.
 
 

 

Roof-Top Hot Tub

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Hot Tub up on the roof is finally ready to go, and doesn’t it just look fantastic!
Just like the theory of the rest of the house, it has the ability to be a cool plunge pool in summer, and a steamy spa during winter.
The cedar smells wonderful, and the Hot Tub from Ukko Hot Tubs that was installed so long ago is now in full use.


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Blower Door Test Round 2

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Efficiency Matrix were integral to testing the 5×4 Project for air tightness.

We were aiming to hit standards developed in Europe by Passive house. One of these tests involved a Blower Door Test – stay tuned for the results!


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5×4 Hayes Lane Project airing on Foxtel, Lifestyle Channel – 106

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Why so quiet??? What have we been doing?
 


Securing the final piece

Securing the final piece


 

 
You can find out…
Just Head to Grand Designs Australia.  

 

 

Clean and clear – Diamond Energy

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Here is a bit of information on Diamond Energy, our energy retailers that are up to a whole heap of good.


Diamond Energy

Diamond Energy



Diamond Energy started in 2004 with a small, passionate team and a vision to “generate change”. Their first step was to develop their own Greenpower Accredited renewable generators which continue to operate in Northern Victoria.
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Grand Designs Series 6 First Look!

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

 


GD Sneak Peek First

 
Grand Designs have released a Initial Sneak Peak of their 6th season – and the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project is the main feature! Ralph even gets a few words in there as well!
 
Head to our Facebook Page to see the short video…

Dyson

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

Dyson have come on board with the Project, supplying us with a V6 Absolute Handstick Vacuum! The V6 Absolute from Dyson is the perfect vacuum for the small spaces of the 5×4 House
 

Changeable heads to suit the cleaning environment

Changeable heads to suit the cleaning environment


Dyson-designed tools remove dust, dirt and allergens from hard-to-reach places around the home – and we have more than a few hard-to-reach spaces.  
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One Step Off The Grid

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Ralph recently had an interview with Giles Parkinson, from One Step Off The Grid, about the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project and his zero carbon lifestyle.
 
Please click on the picture below to read the full article, or head to their website: onestepoffthegrid.com.au
 

Click Here to read the full article!

^Click Here to read the full article!

Parts of our Mechanical System

Posted on: September 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Mechanical systems are a very important component in the 5×4 Project building. This balanced mechanical system provides us with fresh, filtered air all year round, and can recover up to 95% of heating and cooling throughout the building. The components have all been carefully chosen to work in harmony wiht each other, creating the most efficient and sustainable system possible.
 

 
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PrefabAUS 2015 Conference

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Ralph has been asked to speak at the PrefabAUS 2015 Conference in September!
He will present the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project as an example of sustainable prefabrication in small urban construction.
Click on the image below to see their website and the extensive list of speakers.
 


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Ralph Alphonso – Retropspectively; Build Completion

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
With the long process of this spectacular build complete, owner/builder Ralph Alphonso discusses how he feels living and working in the new space. With the limited space, there are a few lifestyle modifications to be done!
 

 
For more videos head to our Youtube channel: BarleyStore
 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of June 2015

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Build is nearing completion, and Ralph takes us through the final stages of the interior designs. Final finishes and commissioning were all being run, which again required more sequencing!
 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Glass Screens

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Balustrades:
Staircases make up the main traffic ways around, up and down the 5×4 building, and with that comes necessary safety precautions. This generally means installing bulky balustrades to keep people slipping off the edges, however within our tight space this would have reduced the sense of space between floors within the building.
The solution? Glass Balustrades.
 

These are made with heavy-duty glass, and attached around the stairs.


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Our Appliances

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

  
All the appliances are now installed and ready for action. It is quite a slick line up, every appliance fitting into the contemporary design of the compact ecosystem. Here’s the list:
 
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What’s in our Wall System?

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Our Wall Systems comprises of 12 components – all doing their bit to conserve energy.
 
Both on the inside and the outside of the Wall System is Zero VOC Paint and Stain. Most paints or stains release toxic emissions into the air even after that ‘new paint smell’ disappears. These toxins are VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, which improves the performance and longevity of paint. Until recently, these were essential to the manufacturing of paint, however our fellow environmentalist consumers have demanded the development of low-VOC or zero-VOC paints and finishes. Companies have refined their formulas, and are producing finishes that are as cost effective and durable as VOC paint, but also less harmful to the environment.
 

The stain drying

The stain drying



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Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of May 2015

Posted on: May 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Whilst the difficult stage of fitting the services is taking place, Ralph goes through the custom furniture and the various lighting techniques around the build.
 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Bluestone paving

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
One of the final exterior things to happen on site is the bluestone paving around the building.
 
Hayes Lane itself is heritage bluestone pavement, and the Melbourne City Council has worked with the 5×4 team to repave the area of the lane in front of the building.
As the 5×4 building uses every available piece of space, this means that this iconic Melbourne bluestone is paved right to the front door!

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Video Diary: Upholstery

Posted on: May 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Upholstery for the couch is in progress, so we went down to Martel to see what they were up to. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Thintanks installed

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Thin Tank has been installed. These tanks are a great option when wanting rainwater but not having room for a tank. The 5×4 building has about a meter between it’s wall and the neighbour’s, which is all the Thin Tank needs!
Installation was not a walk in the park, however once installed the tank melts into the design.


 

Video Diary: Bed Base Time-Lapse

Posted on: May 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
With the offsite construction of the custom designed bed, it was time to install it in the future bedroom of the 5×4 Building. This had to be done early before the stairs had balustrades installed, because it wouldn’t fit otherwise!. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Geothermal is hot to trot

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Geothermal system has finally been completely installed!
 
What began long ago with drilling holes into an empty worksite, has finally had the finishing connections put in and is blowing both hot and cold air throughout the house via the modest ducting and vents!

 

A place to sleep

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The queen size bed base for 5×4 has been installed in the 2nd floor. Of course, with space at a premium, it’s been kitted out with as many storage units as it can hold. Bit by bit, the 5×4 Buiding is taking shape.


 
 

The Couch

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Couch/Dining room table has been custom made to fit the building.
The piece had to be compact and needed to be used as both a couch and a table. The solution was a roll-over design, created by owner-builder Ralph. Both Ralph and 2nd Chance Tables built the piece of furniture together.

 
The fabric for the couch and pillows were supplied by Woven Image. The couch fabric is 100% wool, and Comer and King chose the black and blue colours of the piece.


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Indoor Painting

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The indoor walls of FivexFour are currently being painted in white using Ecolour paint.

The painted plasterboard contrasts with the timber creating a clean and homely atmosphere.


 

Television Installed

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The TV has been installed into its hidden storage unit.
 
It rises up from under the bench in the kitchen/living area – another effort to save space!
When the TV is out it dominates the space, so it is nice to be able to tuck it away during social dinners or breakfast!
 


Pop-up TV

Pop-up TV


  

Neighbour’s exterior wall painted

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The plaster put on the exterior wall of the neighboring building has been painted black with Ecolour paint to return the building back to its original aesthetic.


 

Video Diary: Bluestone Paving

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Along with the images we took of the stonemasons working on Hayes Lane, we also recorded some footage for our Video Diary. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Let there be light

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The lights of 5×4 have been turned on for the first time. They are extremely energy efficient, with an entire floor calculated to use only 24W/hour. They operate not only via switch but also with a separate dimmer, so the brightness of the lights can be set and kept. The strips of lights fit into the wood create a sharp, modern aesthetic.


 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of April 2015

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The site is getting busier, and the services are being fitted off, Ralph talks about the challenge of working and sequencing this stage of the build. The solar panels have all been mounted, but not without some help from some very specialised lifting equipment!
 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

 

Video Diary: Plants Installation

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The plants brought some fresh live to the construction site. See an installation video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Planter box install

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Today Creative Earth Landscaping planted the edible plants into the planter boxes provided by Décor. They then assembled them into the window sills according to a plan worked out by Phil Withers, a landscaper who focuses on edible plants.
 
Our little building, the 5×4 Project, is starting to look like a home!


 

Window Screens Install

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The screens have been installed. In the bedroom they’ll be used to block light and provide privacy, while on the deck level they’ll also shield the wind.


 
 

Flyscreens arrive

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The flyscreens have arrived and are gradually being installed.
Being such a tight build, windows are a important part making the 5×4 building feel spacious, even more so when they are open. Flyscreens will help keep bugs out while the windows are open. They were also made by Paarhammer to fit the windows exactly.


 

Edible plants layout meeting

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Sam from Creative Earth Landscaping and Phil Withers (Phillip Withers Landscape Design), met today at the 5×4 site and made some planting decisions about which edible plants will go where and in what order within the 5×4 planter boxes.
 
While Phil Johnson (Phillip Johnson Landscapes) designed the garden with the help of Phil Withers, Sam will maintain the plants in the coming weeks and educate Ralph on how to best care for them.
 


Phil Withers, collaborator of Phil Johnson Landscapes, talks with Sam from Creative Earth.

Phil Withers, collaborator of Phil Johnson Landscapes, talks with Sam from Creative Earth.


 

Second coat of stain

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
With a second coat of dark stain being applied to the wooden floors, stairs and bench tops, the patterns in the ASH timber are starting to come into their own.
 
The stain comes from a dilution of stainless steel soaked in vinegar. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity though – it’s quite hard to apply uniformly, but Timber Care were a match for the task.


 

Alfasi boom lift

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
It was time for the side solar panels to be installed on the western wall of the building, to make up for the lacking roof-top space.
Alfasi Hire took up the challenge in providing one of their many machines for hire, which needed to be able to fit down our little lane way whilst still being able to reach up and around the 5×4 building.

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Wire-brushing the floors

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The floors received a (rather noisy) wire-brushing from Timber Care, which scrapes away any soft wood, leaving hardwood behind for durability and the smooth finish of floorboards.


 

Electrical Wiring

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Over the past few weeks there has been focus on the electrical side of things, with wiring being installed on all four floors by The Torus Group.
 
This electrical stage has been more complicated at FivebyFour than the average build because a number of extra products are being installed, including an energy monitor, DAS Home Security and Yingli Solar Panels.
It’s a slow and difficult process. Not only dealing with large amounts of tangled wiring but also working with the delicate membrane of the wall systems in an effort not to effect the airtight factor of the building.


Electrical wires
 

Oils and wax

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Timber Care came and experimented with a number of stains. We finally settled on using the darkest stain for our kitchen bench tops and floors, which is made from vinegar and steel wool stain.
 
For the eco-plywood cabinets, Timber Care used a white diluted concentrate as an undercoat to ensure the oil wax did not yellow the colour of the wood.
After the stains, hard wax oil is applied to make the wood waterproof. This is particularly important for the bathroom, which has wooden benches. Unlike varnishes, the hard wax oil does not need to be sanded to be renewed.



 

Geothermal Installation

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The Geothermal Heat pump system is being set up by Direct Energy. The heat pump and compressor are being instated and connected to the geothermal pipes. Ventilation ducts are being weaved through the walls to all four levels.
 
The Geothermal Heat Pump System will cover the heating, cooling, hot-water and ventilation of the 5×4 building.


 

Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
 
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.


 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of March 2015

Posted on: March 27th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The lifestyle appliances are being installed, and the garden planter boxes are bringing a bit of life to the construction site.
 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

LED light factory

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
An enlightening visit to the Coolon LED factory left us seeing stars this afternoon.
With their impressive light display and their (relatively) low power bill, these lights are going to be perfect for the 5×4 building.
Pretty much no heat, compact designs, and bright futuristic designs – these lights will feel right at home!


  

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Months of January and February 2015

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Over the slow months around Christmas and New Years, The 5×4 Building finally gets to lock up, with the glass and plaster being installed. Inside, the cabinetry is starting to take shape, immediately making the space feel more like a home.

 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Bathrooms and Tiling

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The all-important bathrooms are being installed and tiled. The en-suite bathroom is now beginning to look like a bathroom, having been kitted out with a shower head, sink, taps, and a toilet. The downstairs bathroom is a complete wet bathroom, meaning that it is waterproofed and tiled all the way up to the ceiling.


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Kitchen and Cabinetry

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Chriscol Kitchens have started installing the kitchen cabinetry on the second floor.

This is made up of FORMrite Plywood from Carter Colt Harvey, with a black finish and an exposed edge.
The raw look of the plywood on the black finishes look fantastic, and is just waiting for the wax treatment to finish it off.


Chriscol Kitchens prefabricated the cabinetry, and then came on site to install the kitchen on the second floor, and prepare the site for the the rest of the cabinetry. (more…)

Rayson RTK Ducting

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Rayson RTK is working with our 5×4 Team to construct the important ducting system.
These ducting pipes will allow the building to circulate air, working to keep the air fresh whilst still maintaining a stable temperature in every room.
 

This particular product is called RAYFLO, and is easily customizable to suit our unique design.


 

Stairs

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The crew from Just Stairs came around to install the hardwood stairs.
Just Stairs have worked with the 5×4 Team to first design and construct these three sets of stairs, working with hardwood timber that ASH supplied.
 
Once cut and shaped, the installation team from Just Stairs fitted these custom made flights whilst Grand Designs watched on.

With our small footage and tall height, these stairs are very important for the accessibility of the house, but also aesthetically, as they take up a almost a quarter of the space within each room.
 

Floors

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

 
The hardwood floors from ASH were installed!


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Blower Door Test

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
It’s no use trying to create an airtight home if you don’t know how airtight it actually is!
To help us find out how we had gone as far as making our building airtight, John from Efficiency Matrix came round to conduct a Blower Door Test.


Part of the test is wrapping or covering the obvious places where the air would be leaking – so all the windows and doors. (more…)

Mapei – Mapelastic and Mapeflex

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
On the base of our garden boxes we used waterproofing materials from Mapei so that the boxes would not deteriorate when exposed to the elements or buried under a bit of soil.

For this ‘tanking’ process we used two different products from Mapei, an international company specialising in adhesives and sealants. (more…)

Cleaning Products – Good for our bodies, our clothes and the environment!

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Barley Store


 
A large part of the 5×4 Project is considering the overall life cycle of the building, so the lifestyle of its residents is very important if the Project is going to be successful. The personal care and cleaning products used in everyday life need to be environmentally developed, with sustainability paramount in their process.
 
Other things to be considered with these products are the effect they will have once they are washed down the drain, and whether the plastic that their containers are made from is recycled and recyclable!
 
We have contacted body-care, washing and cleaning companies, and have received support from Nature’s Organics and their Earth’s Choice range, Laundress detergents, as well as Burt’s Bees’ body care range. Whilst these fantastic companies are not the only environmentally conscious companies on the market, we thank them for their support.

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Glass install

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
It’s finally time for the glass on the east facade to be installed!
 

Early Morning

 With the help of a scissor-lift, the Audsley Windows installers attached the 10 ft pieces of class to the frames, while Grand Designs got it all on camera.


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Plaster

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
Another truck driver did extremely well to reverse down the lane and deliver the Fiberock Aqua-Tough plaster boards from USG Boral.


Fiberock plasterboard is part of our Wall System, and are 95% recycled in their production. They are designed to be demountable and reusable, with consideration given the product’s complete life-cycle.

Once the measurements have been taken, these boards are being cut to size and then installed over the building.
 

Bed and Bath

Posted on: January 6th, 2015 by Barley Store

 
As with the body care and cleaning products, the fabrics used in the 5×4 Project play an ongoing roll in the building’s environmental impact. One of these fabrics currently being tested is woven bamboo towels and bed linen, supplied by Bamboo Village.



 

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Solar Panels Installed

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The first round of Solar Panels have gone up on the 5×4 Building.


Whilst this is an exciting first step to our sustainable energy production, there is still a long way to go before our solar system is fully up and running.
The roof holds 9 of our proposed 15 solar panels, with the remaining 6 to be installed on the north side of the building in the near future.
 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Months of November and December 2014

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
With the structure complete, Ralph explains the complex Wall System that is going to keep the 5×4 Building at a stable temperature. (Also includes a quick time-lapse of the luxurious rooftop hot tub being installed on an unusually rainy day!)
 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Video Diary: Hot Tub Installation

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
A quick time-lapse of the hot tub being installed. due to its size and weight it had to be installed very early on in the build. See the time-lapse below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Exterior Cladding

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Barley Store

 

It was time for the pressure-treated exterior cladding from ASH to go up as the final section of our Wall System.

Long 5 meter planks were passed up the scaffolding to be nailed into place, interlocking each other to create the water-tight finish.


 

Airtightness

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The process of air-tightening the building has begun!
On top of the external layer of Spaceloft insulation sits the Pro Clima, the exterior airtight layer as advised by Passive House Australia.
This was boarded roughly in place, and then taped at all the edges and joins to create an airtight wrap around the whole building.


Not surprisingly, the windows proved to be the tricky parts, although it was very important that we had a completely airtight building so as to utilise both the geothermal heat as well as the heat recovery system from Passive House. (more…)

Exterior Insulation

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
On the exterior of the building we tacked a layer of Aerogel‘s Spaceloft, a compressed insulation blanket capable of protecting against temperatures between -40 and 200 degrees Celsius.


For more information on the overall insulation process, see our Wall Systems section in The Build.
 

Interior Insulation

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The insulation began to be stuffed in around the frames on the inside of the building.
The first layer of insulation inside was the insulation batts. We had a mixture of RAMS’s part-wool-part-recycled-polyester batts, and GreenStuf’s 100% recycled polyester batts.


Once these were in place, a layer of Phase Change Material was stapled over the top, for extra climate control.

For more information on the Phase Change Material and insulation process, see our Wall Systems section in The Build.
 

Windows

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The windows have been installed on the rear (west) side of the building. The windows, made and glazed by Viridian, and framed by Paarhammer, are built to be airtight, like the rest of the house. This means sturdy latches and tight seals.
 
They will endeavor to keep the afternoon sun at bay, but will need some help from the blinds that will be installed in the next few months!
 


 

Garden Boxes

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Due to our incredibly small square footage, a garden looked impossible to incorporate. We decided to have garden boxes on the west facing side of the building, utilising the space in the wall.
Having it on the west wall served two purposes:
Firstly, the plants need sunlight to survive, and the afternoon sun will set over Melbourne and during summer they will get full sunlight for about 6 hours a day.
Secondly, whilst the sun brings life for the plants, it also brings unwanted heat to the building, and the inset garden boxes help with absorbing that sun as well as shading the windows from the direct sunlight.
 

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After the walls were secured, the boxes were put in place and the concept began to emerge in practical form!
 

5×4 gets picked up by a T.V show!

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Barley Store

 
5×4 has had the very exciting news of being picked up by a T.V Show. While we can’t yet confirm the details, the program has chosen 5×4 for its unique, innovative design and will follow the build of the house.
The program is set to air in the second half of 2015, so keep your eyes and ears open!
 
 

5×4 Presented at World Sustainability Conference Barcelona

Posted on: November 27th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Our humble 5×4 Project has developed more global momentum this week after being presented at the World Sustainability Conference (WSC) in Barcelona. A case study on the project by R.H. Crawford and T. Hollingsbee was presented, which assessed the Embodied Energy of our building, and how we have optimised its energy performance. The Embodied Energy is the consumption of energy over the lifespan of the building, including construction, materials manufacturing, and of course recurring energy costs – such as appliances etc.
 
The case study and resulting presentation looked at measures that the 5×4 project had taken to substantially lower the embodied energy of the building, and using environmentally friendly materials and appliances, building consciously for minimum energy consumption, and finally generating green electricity through solar power to cover the remaining energy costs.
 

Click here to download the complete paper, or visit the WSC website for more about their sustainable ambitions and their next conference in 2017.
 


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5×4 Features in The Age

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Barley Store

 


Age Article

5×4 was the topic of discussion today in an article on how timber frames and structures are the way of the future.
Philip Hopkins wrote about timber’s Eco nature when compared to steel and concrete, and the ease of new-age prefabrication.
Read the article on The Age website!
 

Rooftop Hot Tub

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Ukko has arrived with the hot tub. The hot tub itself is made from Canadian Western Red Cedar, and the crew from Ukko hoisted it up to the roof in pieces, assembling it once it was up there. Completely handmade, it is just asking for the rooftop deck to be built around it.


The hot tub is heated by the same method as the rest of the hot water system throughout the building, utilising the geothermal heat pump.
 

Solar system installed on test site

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Torus Group installed the solar panels on the test site today, in an effort to offset the emissions of the build. This meant our test site would be generating enough power to effectively make the build carbon neutral, fitting in with our project mantra.

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The solar panels on the roof of the test site send the solar-generated electricity back into the grid, which means that when we come to power electronic equipment and tools – and draw power from the grid – our kilowatt usage will be neutralised. It seems like a rather roundabout method, but batteries for storing solar powered electricity are yet to be made for private systems at a reasonable price, which means that operating through the grid is still the most practical way for urban dwellers to run their solar power.
 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of October 2014

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

 
With a lot going on, Ralph runs through the busy month of October. The progress is impressive, from a site of foundations to a fully constructed building! One of the many perks of prefabricating wall, floor and roof cassettes!
 

 
For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Video Diary: Floor and Wall Panels Construction

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

 
In just three days we had the whole 5×4 structure up, with everyone working in sequence to make sure it was a smooth process. See the video below of all three days, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.

 

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Days 2 and 3

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Day two of the prefabricated installation went rapidly. The third and the fourth stories were assembled, the riggers doing a fantastic job to get all the pieces up there by crane safely and in one piece.
 
On the final day of the assembly the third story and rooftop went up, completing the assembly process. The final piece was the wooden beams that create the ‘roof’ of the rooftop hot-tub.
 


 
To watch the whole time-lapse video see subsequent posts or head to our YouTube channel at Barley Store.
 

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Day 1

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The day has come! The walls, floors and roof arrived, with the truck driver from DWTT reversing down our narrow lane-way with his semitrailer.
Melbourne Cranes set up their crane, and began to lift the layers on top of the hollow block work. As with most prefabricated things, we hit a bit of a snag on the first layer, and had to make a few minor adjustments to the first roof/floor, but after that it began to go up smoothly.
 


 
Please also have a look at the time-lapse of the assembly process on our YouTube channel, Barley Store.
 

Roof Construction

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Because we were having all the walls, floors and roof prefabricated off site, it meant the plumbing for the roof also needed to be done off site.
To allow for the rooftop deck to be laid over the top, Design Sheet Metal supplied a Custom Stainless Steel flat roof.
With another trip up to Drouin, we helped the guys from Atherton Plumbing waterproof and install the roof on the prefabricated wooden frame.


 

Video Diary: Prefabricated Cassettes

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The off-site construction of the prefabricated wall and floor panels all happened at Druin West Timber and Truss. We went up to take a look, so see the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Video Diary: Core-filled Block Work

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Once the slab was down and set, it was time for the breeze-blocks to be laid for the bottom story of the build. These blocks are hollow, and are filled with E-crete for extra stability.


Here’s quick time-lapse of the core-filled block work going up, and then being filled with the e-crete. See the video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of September 2014

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Whilst the site is being prepared for the concrete slab, Ralph and the 5×4 team head down to discover how the Vic Ash hardwood is being cut and treated. Once site preparations are complete, it is time for the slab!!
 

For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

Video Diary: Concrete Slab

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Barley Store

 

 
Pilacon did the final preparations to the site for the concreting, and Grand Designs set up to film the pouring of the slab. Ralph had a chat to them about the eco-friendly concrete – or e-crete – we are using.

E-crete is a product offered by Aurora Construction Materials (ACM) that is environmentally-friendly and possibly ‘the greenest’ concrete used anywhere in Australia.
Replacing conventional cements with waste materials from industrial processes, E-Crete produces up-to 80% less carbon than conventional concrete. For more on e-crete and ACM, visit out Project Partners page.

ACM brought in the e-crete, and began to pour the slab. Within two hours the slab was poured, and the guys from Pilacon finished it off by early afternoon.
 
Head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

Video Diary: Boxing and Preparing for the Slab

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Before the concrete arrived it was important to prepare the plumbing and boxing and make sure that everything was in the right place. The team from Atherton began to lay all the pipes and the Pilacon guys began to build the boxing for the slab. When the steel delivery arrived the mesh was cut to size and installed in preparation for the concrete. See the time-lapse video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Connecting and prepping

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
First thing in the morning Stewart from Direct Energy came to connect the geothermal loop. The team from Pilacon, as well as the the plumbing guys from Atherton Plumbing arrived to connect the pipes and dig the required trenches in preparation for the boxing of the slab.
 


 

Bored piles

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
At the bright and early time of 7am, the excavating and drilling of the holes for the bored piles began. Once we had nine holes, each at 3.5 meters deep, the piles – or cages – were dropped into the holes. The concreter then filled the holes around the cages, leaving us nine piles concreted in place, and a site ready for the boxing for the slab!
 

 

Meeting with Fishers Timber Preservation

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Whilst on the topic of timber we met with Lew from Fisher Timber Preservation. We spoke about the different water-based pressure treatments for the hardwood, which treats hardwood to be similar to treated pine in terms of durability and weather proofing.

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Read more on Fishers’s Timber Preservation at our Project Partners page, or check out their website.
 

 

Meeting with ASH (Australian Sustainable Hardwoods)

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Whilst up in Drouin we met with Daniel Wright from our project partner ASH to discuss hardwood samples over lunch. We got a briefing on ASH in general, covering their sustainability measures and their process. We followed that up with a tour through the timber mill.


To read more about our partnership with ASH, please see their page in the list of our Project Partners, or their website at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods
 

Meeting with Timber and Truss

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

 
After a long drive up to Drouin, we met with Andrew and Paul from Drouin Timber and Truss about the floors, walls and windows for the 5×4 project. We were there to refine any variations to the prefabrication plans for the project, as we didn’t want pieces of the puzzle arriving on site that didn’t fit the rest of the building.
 


 
We ironed out any potential creases, discussed the installation process, and then wrapped it up with a tour of their warehouse.
 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of August 2014

Posted on: August 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Ralph takes us through the various site activities such as geothermal digging and drilling, as well as running power and water services to site. Meanwhile product testing has begun, with a energy efficient dryer and natural ranges of cosmetics and cleaning products in use. For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

 

Meeting Cameron Comer– Interior Design

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Cameron Comer came for a chat about interior style options, taking into consideration our very limited space and the need for practicality. We discussed various options for our interior finishes, including wood treatments and materials.  


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Laundry dryer delivered from Asko

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The eco-friendly laundry dryer by Asko was delivered for testing, with higher energy efficiency and less energy consumption. The old dryer in the test site was replaced by this dryer, which is more energy efficient than boiling a full kettle, meaning less cups of tea and more loads of washing!

 



Please check out more on our partnership with Asko in our post last July, or visit ASKO’s website.
 

Meetings

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Paul Stephenson from Stephenson Transport dropped in to discuss the transport schedule for Drouin West Timber and Truss. We also had to make sure the trucks would fit down our secluded little lane!

Ralph also met with Phillip Johnson from Phillip Johnson Landscapes helped brainstorm landscape ideas for the 5×4 project over a cup of tea.

 
 

Measurement

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The team from Webster Survey Group arrived on site, measuring up the property boundaries and the specifics for the concrete slab.
 


 

100% Greenpower used during the build

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
The electricity used in the build of 5×4 will be supplied by Diamond Energy and will be 100% GreenPower, sourced from GreenPower-accredited biogas generation plants at Shepparton and Tatura.
By purchasing GreenPower, households and businesses commit their electricity providers to purchasing the equivalent amount of electricity from accredited renewable energy generators, helping build renewable energy infrastructure and sources.

Please help us tip the scales in favour of renewable energy!
See either:

 

Diamond Energy

Diamond Energy

 

GreenPower

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Preparing the sites for services

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Over the course of ten or so days, companies MAXA Plumbing, Telstra and Power Cor laid the pipes for the installation of the services. This includes electricity, water, sewage, phone, data and television.
 


 

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of July

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

 
With preparation going on both on and off site, Ralph updates us on the progress of the build – finalising plans, designs and budgets. With the budget blowing out of proportion, some changes need to be made… For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.
 

 

LED stripes installed on test site

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by Barley Store

 

The energy-saving LED lights arrived, and installed on a highly technical testing site (Ralph’s bathroom).
 

LED arrival for testing

LED arrives for testing
 

5×4 Partnering with ASKO Appliances

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 by Barley Store

 

5×4 Hayes Lane Project & ASKO Appliances partner on the project to prove high quality can mean low energy!

 
The motivation for the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project is to construct a dwelling utilizing a small footprint of land. The space is to be liveable, functional and aesthetically grounded in a contemporary design. The engineering and materials in this project should be celebrated and on show. Living sustainably should not mean compromising on quality and The 5×4 Project aims to challenge such existing perceptions and encourage us all to embrace greener living.
Bringing together various specialists in their respective fields to contribute to the success of achieving these goals, 5×4 reaches out to ASKO, partnering to explore their high quality technology that employs lower levels of consumable energy.

 
 Click below to read the full article and discover more of ASKO’s innovate technologies:

   

ASKO project 5x4 page

 

Geothermal drilling

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
With the site cleared, the drilling teams from Direct Energy and Terra Test arrive, ready to begin the first geothermal drill. This is the first stage in the installation process of the heating and cooling system designed by Direct Energy.
 


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Grand Designs stood by to film the first steps in the process, and the first 45 meters of the drill went easily and without a hitch. But we did well not to count our chickens, because the next 20 meters got progressively harder and slower. (more…)

Video Diary: Shed Demolition

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
Before the 5×4 building could be constructed, the old shed had to be demolished. See the demolition video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.
 

 

Demolition of shed

Posted on: July 6th, 2014 by Barley Store

 
With the plans organised, the day has come for the old shed to be demolished. With help from his brother-in-law Nick Lawrence, Ralph dismantled the shed, clearing the site for the project to begin. Part of this involved breaking up and then removing the old concrete slab, a task best undertaken with earmuffs!


 
All the rubbish was thrown into a ‘Jim’s Skip’, to be disposed of and recycled as ecologically as possible.

 

Arranging the Building Plans and Permits

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Barley Store

 

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As the building permits arrived, our intern Tessa faced the task of preparing the plans for our project partners. Each sheet was attached to card for protection and organised to avoid confusion.
 

5×4 Milestone – Receiving the Building Permit

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Barley Store

Today marks a major milestone in the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project: the reception of the signed and approved Architectural Plans from the building surveyor. This exciting events propels the 5×4 Project onward into the building phase – FULL STEAM AHEAD!

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Coming up next= Demolition of the shed and the existing concrete and laying the groundworks for the Geothermal Heating.

5×4 Hayes Lane features in WellBeing Magazine, May 2014

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Barley Store

 

WellBeing Mazagine May/June Issue #105 – “Less Space, More Living”

With the ever increasing wave of interest in ‘Smaller Living,’ WellBeing Magazine engages with a series of projects striving for a sustainable lifestyle and connecting with their environment on a personal level. Questioning both the integrity and the practicality of downsizing, WellBeing writer Jo Hegerty, challenges our sizist natures and asks Ralph Alphonso whether less can in fact be more.

 

Click on the image below to download the full article:

WellBeing Magazine: Less Space More Home

Australian Geographic: Innovative Australians

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

Innovative Australians: Ralph Alphonso

BY Fiona MacDonald

Ralph Alphonso is showing that individuals can reduce their impact in a big way, with some planning and commitment.

On a 4 x 5m Plot down an East Melbourne laneway, Australian Geographic photographer Ralph Alphonso is attempting to build a liveable apartment on a leftover slab of land.

“I was going to build a garage or an extra room but I live here by myself and I thought, ‘Do I really need this space?'” he explains from his current living room, which has twice the floor area of his soon-to-be-built home.

When he looked for examples of carbon-neutral buildings for inspiration, he struggled to find one locally that looked at the whole picture – including where products originated from and -lifestyle.

“I found it frustrating. A lot of architects were talking about what could be done, but I wanted to actually do it. Waiting for someone else to go first isn’t my thing,” he says, with a smile.

read more…

Ecolibrium Article: A window into the 5×4 Project

Posted on: March 1st, 2014 by Barley Store

A hidden back alley in East Melbourne will be home to an intriguing initiative. This project is named after the physical
constraints imposed by the site: a plot measuring 5m by 4m. Nestled between existing buildings, a prefabricated residential dwelling to house two people will rise three stories from the plot.

The design approach minimises the building’s life-cycle energy demand through innovative systems, materials and construction techniques

It will be an example of how to build and live in a small space. It’s an approach that is familiar in urban populations with high densities, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and interestingly, Warsaw, where architect Jakub Szczesny claims to have built the world’s narrowest house, which is 122cm at its widest point.

Such an approach will inevitably be embraced in big cities throughout Australia. The space between buildings will become increasingly more valuable as a growing and aging population competes for land, housing and desirable inner-city living

Click on the link below to read the full feature article

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Testing Stage 1… Automation system

Posted on: February 22nd, 2014 by Barley Store

It’s approx. 6:15am on 12th December 2013.
I am in the Qantas Lounge at Melbourne Airport on my way to Sydney
Leaving Home at 5:15am this morning on a last minute business tip had me stretched thin.
I had to put on a load of washing, make sure i locked the door/windows switched all the lights off… the list goes on.

After checking in and sitting down to have some breakfast in the Lounge, I was also able to have piece of mind regarding the lights and appliances at home. The system by Zoo Automation is installed and being tested for the 5×4 Project.

The short video shows how i am able to see what is on… then;
*switch off the ensuite exhaust fan… I couldn’t leave the window open!!!!
*take the TV/Stereo off stanby mode… Saving power.
*take the washing machine off stanby after the wash cycle… Yes, i remembered to put the washing on… Once again saving power.



The theory of automation systems in the 5×4 Project supporting sustainable lifestyle, is an easy connection for me to see.

I can’t wait to test more of the features of the Zoo Automation System.

Ralph Alphonso.

Australian Institute of Architecture – Raising the green Bar & 5×4

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Barley Store

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture last week held an event at the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project Site in East Melbourne.
Under the Sustainable Architecture Forum, ‘Raising the Green Bar,’ the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project was presented to the attending members of the Australian Institute of Architecture.
Craig Chatman (ARKit, Project Architect & Builder) along with Ralph Alphonso (Barley Store & Client/Project Manager) presented to the AIA members, their perspective and insights on the Project.


Craig’s presentation:

  • Introduction of the Design & Construction company ARKit – a hybrid prefabrication company which is combining architectural services, project management and manufacturing.
  • The local history of prefabrication buildings which show a rapid expansion in Australia during the last 10 years.
  • Discussion of the Design Overview including:
    -the way how to reduce emission of greenhouse gases
    -how to provide low impact, low cost residential buildings to manage urban sprawl
    -demonstrate to consumers and property developer markets how attractive and affordable sustainable solutions can be
    -demonstrate the self-sufficient of residential accommodations in energy requirements, water requirement and waste manage

  • The stair circulation options
  • The 10 Principles and Objectives of One Planet Living
  • Identify how the 5×4 project could respond to the One Planet Living principles
  • ARKit considered a variety of possible sustainable materials for the building
  • Presentation of Dr. Robert Crawford’s calculation of the total life cycle embodied energy of each system
  • Please download Craig’s Presentation Notes below

    5×4 Newsletter Edition 2 – Out Now

    Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions


    We have officially launched the second edition of the 5×4 newsletter.

    Click on the image below to preview our second newsletter.


    Looking for the most environmentally friendly amenities and appliances for the building

    Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane build aims to combine different materials and processes to create the smallest eco-footprint, whilst providing the highest performance.”
    In addition we are carefully selecting the most sustainable and environmentally friendly amenities and appliances as possible for the build.

    Click on the image below to have a look at some of our ideas for the build and feel free to suggest other possibilities.

    Australian Geographic Magazine features 5×4… ‘More from Less’

    Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Barley Store

    In the current issue of Australia Geographic Magazine a feature article ‘Six Global Megatrends,’ has included the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project as an example for one of the trends.

    Click below to download the article

    From little things big things grow – 5×4 Project

    Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project has just been featured in an article by Siusan MacKenzie of the East Melbourne Jolimont community magazine. The project has the support and interest of the community.

    Click on the image below to view the full feature!

    “Hayes Lane project – Ralph Alphonso has a big dream of small dimensions”

    Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project has just been featured in an article by Sarah Day of the habitat magazine published by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

    Click on the image below to view the full feature!

    “An inside look at living in one of the world’s most sustainable cities-
    Melbourne Australia”

    Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions



    Ari Phillips featured the project in the article “An inside look at living in one of the most sustainble cities- Mebourne Australia” origionally published on ClimateProgress.
    The article has picked up and republished by CLeanTechnica,
    CleanTechReport and RenewEconomy.

    Click on the images below to open the full websites.

    Interview with Pooran Desai, OBE on ‘One Planet Living.’

    Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Barley Store

     
    Pooran Desai, Co-Founder of Bioregional and International Director of One Planet Communities talks about ‘One Planet Living.’ and its relevance to the 5×4 Project. See the interview below, or head to our YouTube channel, BarleyStore, for more interviews!
     

     

    Testing, Testing and more testing…

    Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Barley Store

     
    We are getting closer to the final specifications for the project and with that the questions are flying thick and fast… What are the products we are to use? What materials? How do we decide? In any circumstance these questions are not easy to answer. The project team has weighed in where their areas of expertise lie and overlap.

    Where possible we will be testing the products in the Barley Store Office, for compatibility of systems and functionality in real life context.

    Zoo Automation products for the home controls and energy reporting have already started being installed and tested. Security system along with cameras will be next with the custom programming systems.

    University of Melbourne
    “Material selection for optimised embodied energy/carbon”

    Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by Dr. Robert Crawford


    Meeting held on Tuesday 6th August – GHD offices Melbourne

    A range of construction assemblies were selected based on optimised thermal performance and a selection of standard and low impact materials.
    Eleven different floor assembly variations and 52 different wall assembly variations were considered.
    The total life cycle embodied energy of these assemblies was calculated using a comprehensive hybrid embodied energy assessment approach.
    This included the energy embodied in the materials/assemblies for the initial construction of the project as well as the energy embodied in replacement materials over an estimated building life of 100 years. Average material replacement rates were used.
    Assembly embodied energy figures were graphed and compared.
    Major points that arose from the discussion of the embodied energy assessment results included:
    • Materials with a high recycled content are preferred as they tend to have a lower embodied energy compared to virgin material alternatives
    • Longevity and durability of materials needs to be considered as materials with a low embodied energy but that require frequent replacement can be a poor choice, resulting in a higher life cycle embodied energy than more durable materials
    • Solid timber products are preferred over manufactured/processed timber products
    • The embodied energy of some insulation products can be significant
    • The embodied energy of glass can be considerable and the need for double and triple glazing systems must be balanced with the level of thermal performance they can provide
    • Double-glazed spandrel panels should be avoided considering their high embodied energy
    • The importance of minimising the embodied energy associated with the building’s initial construction was highlighted. Energy expended in the future (for replacement materials and building operation) is likely to be less carbon intensive than the energy presently being used in the manufacture of materials.
    It is important that by minimising embodied energy that the thermal/operational performance of the building is not adversely affected. The next stage involves assessing the life cycle energy/carbon implications of a smaller range of optimised assemblies, based on the knowledge gained from this initial analysis.

    Dr. Robert Crawford
    Senior Lecturer in Construction and Environmental Assessment

    Click on the images below to open the full documents.

    A note from Ralph Alphonso on the schedule!

    Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

     
    How is the Project schedule traveling?

    “Well, I think we are in good shape. The previous schedule would have us close to completion at this point. I thought I would get that out of the way early…

    We are currently in the final stages of specifications. (more…)

    Draft Plans 5th July 2013

    Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by Barley Store


    Download of the draft plans of the 5th July 2013.

    Click on the image below to open the full draft plans.


    TheFifthEstate introduces the 5×4 Hayes Lane building project

    Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

    The project has been featured in an article by Cameron Jewell of TheFifthEstate magazine. The article introduce the building and the project manager Ralph Alphonso and especially refers to the featured best-practice passive design and advanced engineering techniques, which includes the areas:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Passive Design
  • CLick on the image below to read the full article.

    Support from BZE

    Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Barley Store

    Beyond Zero Emission featured us in their blog today.
    BZE is assisting the 5×4 team with the specification of these electrical appliances and the zero fossil gas/ 100% renewable electricity project. The dwelling will be powered by a combination of rooftop solar photovoltaic and 100% renewable Green Power.
    Click on the image below to view the full post!

    First Official Newsletter Out Now

    Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Barley Store

    We’ve officially launched the website and newsletter today! Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list for exciting updates about the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Click on the image below to preview Newsletter #1

    5×4 Hayes Lane Project featured in ACF blog

    Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Barley Store

     
    The Project has been featured in an article by Sarah Day of ACF. Click on the image below to read the full article!
      


     

    Featured in City of Melbourne ‘Sustainability Stories’

    Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by Barley Store

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project has just been featured as part of The City of Melbourne’s ‘Sustainability Stories’.

    Click the image below to view the full feature!

    Interview with Danny Vadasz (ACF)

    Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by Barley Store

    Today we interviewed Danny Vadasz, COO of Australian Conservation Foundation.
    Issues discussed include:
    – ACF’s work in urban challenges
    – ACF’s contribution to sustainable building and how they support any project with similar aims on sustainability
    – Defining success in build projects

    Geothermal Heating & Cooling by Direct Energy

    Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by Barley Store

     
    Direct Energy is on board as one of our Project Partners. Direct Energy is both designing and installing geothermal heating & cooling solutions to provide energy efficient air conditioning and hot water for the Project. The animation below demonstrates a typical Direct Geothermal system:

    Sketches drafted for Air & Hot Water Dimensions

    Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Please refer to the ‘Design Development Meeting – March’ post for details about this meeting.

    Design Development Meeting – May

    Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Barley Store

    We are so close to finalising the design. Click on the images below to view or download the latest design sketches for the build…



    Design Update – Construction Plans & Internal Details

    Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Here’s the latest construction plans + internal details from our recent meeting with ARKit. Click the image below to view or download the designs:

    Interview with Prof. Robert Adams – Melbourne City Council, supporting the ‘5×4 Hayes Lane Project’

    Posted on: May 12th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Our interview with Professor Rob Adams AM, Director City Design at City of Melbourne. His thought on the 5×4 Hayes lane Project.
    Rob was awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2008 and the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to Architecture and Urban Design.
    A champion of both the arts and environmental sustainability he has worked to ensure that good urban design is established as a platform for city development into the 21st Century. Some key projects include CH2 Australia’s first 6 Star Green Commercial Office Building, Birrarung Marr, Swanston Street, City Square, Sandridge Bridge, East Melbourne Library, Urban Forest Strategy and the City of Melbourne Street Furniture range.
    His current interests concern the health and sustainability of the Metro city and he has published and presented extensively on the subject of Transforming Cities for a Sustainable Future.

    Interview with Trent Hawkins (Beyond Zero Emissions)

    Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by Barley Store

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project is supported by Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE).
    Check out our interview with Trent Hawkins, BZE’s Project Director of the Buildings Plan.
    Issues discussed include:
    – How BZE works to investigate solutions to the current fossil fuel economy
    – Why it’s important for BZE to associate with the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project
    – The desired outcome from the Project

    Embodied Energy Meeting

    Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Barley Store

    The Project Team met today to discuss the Embodied Energy of the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project. The total embodied energy of the Project will be measured and assessed by Dr Robert Crawford.
    We discussed the challenges that would be met with measuring the embodied energy…
    – The hardest part about the analysis is getting the quantities
    – Assumptions can be made based on past knowledge but it wouldn’t be as accurate
    – Also need to consider how much of each material goes into construction
    – Specification of each material required (i.e. thickness, density) to make a better assessment
    – Difficulty in comparing materials (i.e. How to figure out comparable quantities for different types of materials)
    – Acquiring life-cycle assessments (LCAs) from the manufacturers of products used can be difficult
    – Considering the build-up of materials, durability and the recurrent embodied energy
    – Ensuring the energy savings is greater than the energy output
    – How the design life for the build would affect the embodied energy

    In the next few weeks, the Project’s Architect and Engineers will work together to come up with a detailed material analysis, with details about their quantum of area and volumes to be used in the Project. This will then assist Dr Robert Crawford in assessing the embodied energy, allowing for us to come up with the most ecologically friendly product and material solutions for the build.

    Project Timeline

    Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Barley Store

    We’ve drafted a timeline for the project, which you can view below. We are close to finalising the structure of the build and should be ready to apply for our building permit in June, 2013. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence early August, 2013.
    Click on the image below to view the full Project Timeline:

    Construction Sequence

    Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Here’s a sneak preview of the 5×4 Hayes Lane building will come together… proposed by ARKit.

    Images by ARKit.

    Meeting with Project Architect

    Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Today we had a meeting with Craig Chatman (ARKit). At this point we are close to finalising the structure of the build.
    Points of discussion included:
    – Sewage/ plumbing issues
    – Electricity
    – Transporting the build
    – Material analysis
    The following were discussed during the material analysis:
    – Walls –wall lining options (e.g. plywood, bamboo, cork)
    – Flooring systems –floor structure options
    – Internals & finishings –e.g. bamboo, plastic, paperock compressed paper.
    – Kitchen appliances –fridge, dishwashers, oven, etc.
    – Bathroom finishes
    After considering all the possible materials, final decisions are yet to be made. With the help of our other team members, Tai Hollingsbee and Dr Robert Crawford, we’ll be able to compare the embodied energy of each product and choose the most eco-friendly one.
    The performance of our building should be finalised by the end of this month in which we will have a clear idea of the materials and appliances that will be used in the building.
    At this rate, we hope to begin construction August 2013. Stay tuned for future updates!

    First interview with Dr Robert Crawford

    Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here’s the first interview with Dr Robert Crawford who’s in charge of measuring and assessing the Project’s Embodied Energy.
    Issues discussed:
    – Opportunities for minimizing the carbon and energy input of the Project
    – The input-output based hybrid assessment approach that will be used for quantifying the embodied energy and emissions, which is more comprehensive than using traditional industry based process analysis techniques
    – The benefits of the prefabrication approach used to construct the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project
    – Other considerations for selecting construction materials, such as recyclable content
    – Opportunities to showcase the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project to other design & architect students as an ideal outcome of the project

    Craig Chatman speaks about Design Development

    Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Watch Craig Chatman speaking about the design response of the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Issues discussed:
    – The design solutions of the mini tower
    – The interesting dialogue between private and public realm of the dwelling considering it’s location
    – The constraints of the build due to its small scale
    – Being able to offer a design solution which talks about circulation, movement and flow
    – Showcasing the engineering of the project within the structure of the building

    First Interview with Craig Chatman

    Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here’s the first interview with Project Architect & Builder, Craig Chatman.
    Issues discussed:
    – An overview of ARKit & Offsite Constructions
    – The importance of Sustainability, Design & Construction in the build environment
    – The educational benefits and the contribution to the build environment as his motivation to get involved
    – Examples of similar projects overseas
    – The unique prefabrication solution for the 5×4 Hayes Lane build, made specifically for the site
    – Constraints to the site due to limited accessibility and the Project’s scale
    – The collaboration process of the Project Team

    Tai Hollingsbee speaks about Environment & Design

    Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Tai Hollingsbee discusses the design philosophy for the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Issues discussed:
    – High performance building envelope
    – Top-end technology and strategy to provide for the rest of the build’s systems

    First Interview with Tai Hollingsbee

    Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here is the first interview with Principal Engineer of GHD, Tai Hollingsbee.
    Issues discussed:
    – The paradoxical attitude on sustainability in Australia
    – Why Tai Hollingsbee got involved with the Project
    – How the Project addresses the issues of livability in cities and densification
    – The Project’s unique ambition towards monitoring and accounting for its ecological footprint
    – GHD’s unique integrated design service, which can optimize the design of the Project
    – Challenges the Project might face, including public perception and financial viability
    – A satisfied occupant as the desired outcome of the Project

    First Interview with Peter Felicetti

    Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here’s the first interview with Structural Engineer, Peter Felicetti.
    Issues discussed:
    – The economic benefits of sustainability
    – Why Peter Felicetti got involved with the Project
    – The holistic approach of the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project
    – Implementing ‘Spanman’ into the design process
    – The possible challenges due to the scale of the project
    – The importance of good communication amongst the Project Team

    First Interview with Ed Cotter

    Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here’s the first interview with Director of BioRegional, Ed Cotter, who will be helping us implement the One Planet Living principles into the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Issues discussed:
    – An overview of the One Planet Living principles
    – Australia’s status on sustainability
    – How Ed Cotter got involved with the Project
    – Other projects using the One Planet Living principles
    – Possible challenges with the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project
    – The desired outcomes

    First Interview with Ralph Alphonso

    Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Barley Store

    Prior to the construction of the build, we interviewed all members of the Project Team. Here’s the first interview with Project Client & Manager, Ralph Alphonso.
    Issues discussed:
    – Ralph Alphonso’s role on the Project
    – His inspiration for the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project
    – Similar projects overseas and the lack of similar projects in Australia
    – An overview of the Barley Store
    – Possible challenges the Project could face including economic challenges and building challenges
    – The desired outcome from the Project

    Design Development Meeting – March

    Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by Barley Store

    On March 7th, 2013, the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project Team had a design and development meeting at GHD. Attendees included Craig Chatman from ARKit, Tai Hollingsbee and Chris King from GHD, and Ralph Alphonso from Barley Store. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the best combination of systems and construction materials to be used that would achieve the smallest ecological footprint possible.
    Points of discussions were:
    – the insulation system
    – solar panels
    – water/ irrigation system
    – wood as construction material
    Some of the possible technologies considered included:
    – phase-change material (PCM) for heating
    – rainwater collection as an eco-friendly water source
    – hot water ring
    – fake grass (e.g. summer envy)
    – PV-cells
    Overall, various materials and systems were brought to the table. The meeting saw even more opportunities for a sustainable build and the designs were further developed.
    There are still various issues to be considered before making final decisions about the materials and technologies including:
    – costs
    – impact on infrastructure
    – embodied energy
    We will resolve these issues in future meetings.
    (To see the sketches that were drafted at the meeting, click on the image below)

    Planning Permit Issued

    Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Click on the document below to download the Project’s Planning Permit, issued by Melbourne City Council.

    planning permit img

    Presentation at Melbourne Forum 2012

    Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Barley Store

    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project was presented at the Melbourne Forum, a series of free public talks with the goal of increasing the development and refurbishment of commercial buildings in Victoria to achieve greater levels of sustainable performance.
    The 2012 series was based on One Planet Living and featured the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project as presented by mechanical engineer, Chris King, from GHD.
    Click on the image below to view or download the full presentation by Chris.

    Ecolibrium Magazine features One Planet Living & 5×4 Project

    Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by Barley Store

     

     

    Part rating tool, part eco-manifesto, part sustainability concept, One Planet Living aims to get us thinking about living within our finite resources, as Ecolibrium staff writer Rachel Urquhart discovers when she interviews Bioregional director Ed Cotter.

     

    Ecolibrium is the official journal of AIRAH.  It is read by over 10,000 professionals in the HVAC&R industry every month, and features the latest industry news, case studies on major projects, technical papers, information on the latest professional development opportunities available to industry and more.

     
    Click on the image below to view or download the full article

    5×4 Hayes Lane Project to apply the One Planet Living Principles

    Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Barley Store

    On the 30th of April, 2012 the Project Team met to discuss the One Planet Living Principles.
    Meeting objectives:
    – To familiarize everyone with OPL principles
    – Visioning session on what we want to achieve
    – What the client will have to contribute and how it will impact their lifestyle
    – Map out strategies around what we can put in place, what’s cost effective, how it’ll look at various stages of the project
    We have drafted our strategies towards One Planet Living for the Project. Click on the image below to read the details!

    Project’s ESD Engineer, profiled by Architecture & Design.

    Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by Barley Store

     

    Tai Hollingsbee, Principal Engineer at GHD was profiled by Architecture & Design and was proud to talk about his involvement with the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Tai, is the engineer on the Project.

     

     

     

    http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/article/In-Profile-Tai-Hollingsbee-from-GHD/534773.aspx?utm_source=20120803&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletters

     

     

    The ball is rolling

    Posted on: August 10th, 2012 by Barley Store

     
    The project is already getting exposure internationally…

     

    http://www.oneplanetliving.net/be-inspired/one-planet-living-map/

     

     


    http://www.oneplanetcommunities.org/communities/applying-the-principles/hayes-lane/

     

    And, was presented by One Planet Living to the United Nations at the Earth Summit 2012 in Rio, Brazil.

     

    What a great way to get the ball rolling.

     

    5×4 Hayes Lane Project at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit

    Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Barley Store



    The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project first received international exposure when it was presented by BioRegional at the Earth Summit 2012 in Rio, Brazil.
    BioRegional’s strategy is to work with partners on a number of projects that demonstrate One Planet Living, giving us a glimpse of what the future could look like and showing us how One Planet Living can work in the mainstream of our economy.
    The Rio+20 Summit, held in June 2012, offered BioRegional and their partners an unprecedented opportunity to influence global sustainability policy and practice by showcasing the One Planet Communities and Businesses and their One Planet Living Framework, as well as contributing to the process itself. They highlighted key projects and organisation throughout the globe, including projects throughout the UK and Europe, in China and the US, as well as South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Australia (5×4 Hayes Lane Project).
    By 2015, they pledge to train 10,000 people to use One Planet Living. Based on the work of BioRegional and their partners to date and these fresh commitments, the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs invited BioRegional to register One Planet Living as a recognised UN partnership, providing opportunities for One Planet Living information, case studies and toolkits to be made available via the UN’s online platforms. It also brings recognition and acknowledgement for the One Planet Living sustainability framework amongst UN agencies and governments.

    Read more

    Environment & Design Meeting

    Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by Barley Store

    Today reps from GHD and One Planet Living, Barley Store Productions and ARKit had an initial meeting to discuss the direction of the project, aims, visions and expectations. The results of the brainstorming session are on the printout below.
    Some of the points of discussion were:
    -Construction
    -Operation
    -Sustainable transport, food, water, materials

    Planning Permit Application

    Posted on: December 23rd, 2011 by Barley Store

    A Planning Permit Application has been submitted to the Melbourne City Council.