The experimental Illawarra Flame home

Students from Australia’s University of Wollongong took a typical Australian “fibro house,” and retrofitted it with enough sustainable technology to make the notoriously energy-hungry style of home into a net-zero house. The¬†Illawarra Flame¬†house project involved a lengthy renovation process, including transforming a bedroom into a living space, and the installation of prefabricated pods which contain amenities including laundry room and bathroom.

Sustainable additions include a roof-based 9.4-KW solar panel system, rainwater harvesting and gray-water recycling systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, and a building management system that offers fine control over, and information concerning, all electrical appliances and stored energy.