Paul Dolphin Designs Solar Passive House, Malua Bay

This solar passive house is in Malua Bay close to Batemans Bay on the South Coast. Named 'Dromhus', Swedish for Dream House, this eco house was designed by Paul Dolphin to showcase how an environmentally friendly house can be designed and built cost effectively. The house features blockwork walls and a burnished concrete floor for thermal mass. The style of the house is coastal beach shack meets industrial design.


The external cladding is simple fibro sheeting from James Hardie referencing the South Soast beach shack - a 21st century eco-house fibro beach shack. The internal air quality is excellent with virtually no treated timber internally and low or zero VOC paints and sealers throughout. A Brayco stainless-steel kitchen provides a kitchen that off gasses no formaldehyde and also looks pretty neat!

‘A building designer can easily create plans for a solar passive design. You involve design at the early stages, orient the house North and place thermal mass in the correct location. Many people ask ‘are solar passive house plans more expensive than normal houses?' and the answer is a solar passive eco house can be cheaper to construct than a conventional house. As long as you engage a skilled, accredited building designer’.



If you want to know more about how to design an environmentally friendly house please sign up to our free webinar. Paul Dolphin designs environmentally houses and loves to share his knowledge for free in these webinars. In 2020 this eco house won a national design award from the Building Designers Association of Australia.

This house won an award for New Residential Buildings up to 250 sqm and under $2,500/sqm. Read more about this here. The house has been opened for sustainable house day and will be open again follow this link for more updates. Please get in touch if you are interested in obtaining plans for a solar passive design.


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