ROCKCOTE Earthen home
ROCKCOTE Earthen home
The ROCKCOTE Earthen Home, a small two bedroom cottage located in Eumundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is a project personally undertaken by company owner/director Bob Cameron for his own mother.
While Bob was adamant that the building be eco-conscious and environmentally-friendly, he was also determined to give his mother exactly what she desired. The family worked together on a design that would accommodate her needs, while possessing the ability to evolve into other uses in the future. ROCKCOTE Natural Materials provided the ideal building medium to meet all the criteria.
RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES
The entire house has been constructed using renewable and sustainable resources which can be returned to the earth. The external structure is comprised of a standard timber frame sourced from local plantation timber.
Both the internal and external walls consist of bamboo lath which was then rendered with ROCKCOTE Earthen Render Coarse mixed with straw and finished with a ROCKCOTE Clay Plaster Decor. The internal walls were done using a natural ROCKCOTE Clayset (now discontinued) finished with carnauba wax, and ROCKCOTE Clay Plaster Decor in a natural white applied on the ceilings. There are no painted surfaces internally or externally aside from the doors and trim work which have been done using ROCKCOTE EcoStyle gloss enamel, from our people and planet-friendly paint range containing zero VOCs and no harmful chemicals.
To complement the building materials used, the property is also completely self-sufficient in water. Aside from utilizing a waterless composting toilet, water is supplied to the home by on-site rain water tanks. All greywater is treated on-site and used for the vegetable garden and fruit trees which have been planted on the grounds as well.
The end result is a beautiful, healthy home which provides comfort and convenience, with an overall construction and material cost that does not exceed that of a standard home. Additionally, it uses only approximately 10% of the energy of a standard home while providing far greater levels of comfort and a much healthier living environment. The house maintains an eight-star energy rating, without even taking into account the Earthen Render walls.
NATURALLY HEALTHY HOMES
Bob said that he had little time for those thinking sustainability was a buzz word.
“Sustainability is not new. For thousands of years civilisations have practiced sustainability.
“The Rockcote Earthen Cottage is a living and literally ‘breathing’ example of a building that exemplifies how a return to ancient knowledge and traditional skills combined with a revival of natural materials such as mud, sticks and straw can result in a thoroughly affordable, beautiful, modern and sustainable outcome.
“Truly modern companies and institutions of the future will break down the barriers of ‘traditional thinking’ and adopt the use of these sustainable construction methods and product for their offices, hospitals, schools and universities. What could be smarter than constructing buildings that look beautiful, save money, use less energy and keep their inhabitants healthier and happier, naturally?”
Please note that ROCKCOTE Clayset has now been discontinued. A similar look can be achieved by using ROCKCOTE Otsumigaki.
The ROCKCOTE Earthen Home won the 2013 Glossies Award for Sustainable Building and Design in the Owner/Builder category.
The home is also featured in the August 2013 edition of the Hinterland Times.
- 84m² plus an additional 36m² of patio
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
- Standard timber frame construction from locally sourced timber
- Walls: Bamboo lath plastered with ROCKCOTE Earthen Render Coarse and straw
- Ceilings: ROCKCOTE Clay Plaster Décor in natural white
- Internal Finishes: ROCKCOTE Clayset polished with carnauba wax (note that ROCKCOTE Clayset has now been discontinued. A similar look can be achieved with ROCKCOTE Otsumigaki).
- External Finishes: ROCKCOTE Lime Plaster Basecote
- Doors and Trim: ROCKCOTE EcoStyle Gloss
- Builder: Doug Walker phone 0411 668 473
- Building Designer: Felicia Faith Building Design phone 07 5445 4958
- Sewerage and Greywater: Roger J. Kent / Coast Wide Plan & Design Service phone 07 4129 0203