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Queenscliff : How to retrofit example

House Size: 145m²
Land Size: 750m²
Project Type: Retrofit
Open (Free Entry): 16 October 10am - 2pm

"As a family, we're keen to have a warm and comfortable home to live in all year round.”

Experts on Site


Dan Cowdell - Greenlight
Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessments


Cal Forsyth - Ephe
Residential energy efficiency assessments, home scorecard certification, thermal imaging services and draught proofing

About the house

Our home is very typical of the area - a Defense Forces commissioned brick veneer home built in around 1990. It's a four bedroom/two bathroom home, though as was the practice at the time, is quite a bit smaller than most new builds these days (roughly 145m2). As is the way with many homes in Australia - ours gets very cold in the winter and reasonably hot in the summer. It was also built with gas powered central ducted heating, gas storage hot water and gas cooking - so a heavy reliance on gas leads to incredibly expensive bills over the winter months.

As a family, we're keen to have a warm and comfortable home to live in all year round. We don't want to move homes, can't fathom knocking this one over (the waste!) and don't have a huge budget for expensive retrofitting. We invested in a solar system about 18 months ago and are super keen to continue to implement strategies that will make our home more insulated, more air tight and solely reliant on electricity for heating, hot water and cooking.

‘How to Retrofit’ home example

House information sheets

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This home is a great example of a home that has yet to implement many retrofitting practices.

This house is a chance to see a house that has had an energy assessment conducted on it and a report developed on what changes they can make to their home to make it more energy efficient. Come along to the tour of this home where you will hear from the assessors about the possibilities, what you would do and how you would go about this.

This home will also give you a good indication of how these changes can be possible at your home. The assessors will educate you on the areas that are the highest.

Some of the things that are covered in this tour are:

  •  Draft proofing
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Hot water systems
  • Cooking
  • Insulation opportunities
  • Double Glazing

Have your questions answered by experts in the field and get inspired about the possibilities to retrofit your home.