EME’s MM House is a generator of ideas, interest, and energy, and continues to exceed expectations in performance. On Sustainable House Day in 2018, around 300 people visited the new home in Northcote to learn about the passive-hybrid build.
It is currently an ongoing experiment – testing the air quality and temperature, energy output, rainwater collection, and adaptability for future use.
During winter, only minimal heating was required through a fireplace using locally sourced firewood. Throughout the ongoing summer, the house has performed quite well to lower the temperature passively through natural ventilation, a Heat Recovery Ventilation system, insulation, and thermal mass.
Currently, the average energy generated is approximately 24kW/day, which exports approximately 8,000kW/year. The annual consumption is approximately 4,000kW/year. The garden is also currently being established, so more water is used than will be in the future, but it currently provides 65L/person/day. There is also a provision for greywater to be used in the future.