The Super Shed Project
Turning the humble backyard shed into a Passive House
The volunteers at Woden SEE-Change love a challenge. Our latest is to turn a tumble down shed on the Canberra City Farm (CCF) site on Dairy Flat Road, ACT into an inviting, energy efficient educational space for CCF volunteers, schools, community groups and all visitors to use and learn from.
The current space is a leaky, double metal garage which we are going to convert into a clean, comfortable Passive House (or Passivhaus) demonstration building and CCF tearoom. Passivhaus buildings consume virtually no energy for heating or cooling, while still providing 100% fresh air at a comfortable temperature.
There are currently no buildings open to the public in the ACT that demonstrate Passivhaus principles. The Super Shed will be the first. Much can be learned from Passivhaus design principles to live a lower carbon life even if personal situations do not allow you to build or renovate your home to Passivhaus standard.
We will hold open days and talks at the Super Shed for groups, students and associations to educate and activate the community to improve comfort in their homes while reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions and energy costs.
So far we have a small but dedicated team that includes a PassivHaus consultant, engineers and builders as well as willing workers. We have spent hundreds of volunteer hours to lock in our design, budget and building plan. Various businesses and households have donated building items. We will be continuing to promote this project and seek support through offers of free labour and expert advice, cash and material donations and community grants.
To keep in touch with the project and our fund raising efforts or to ask more questions and put your name down to help, please contact Leigh on 0407 283 195 or
Further Super Shed info is at www.see-change.org.au
Visit the Canberra City Farm at www.ccfarm.org.au
Further info about Passive Houses is at https://passivehouseaustralia.org/
Super Shed Progress – 21/5/2018
Work is still progressing well on the Super Shed. Here is Kevin, the Carpenter fixing the final under-roof insulation pieces and roof panels in place while Leigh and Peter hand up the materials and add the remaining mini-orb wall pieces to cover the exposed timber. All in a half day’s work. The roof is working well with very reduced heat loss and no water leaks.
Then the rush was on to find reuse materials for the doors and windows to finally enclose the Super Shed before the start of Winter; after all, we want Canberra Community Farmers warm during their break times.
We found some solar angle displays on ply board in our store, which worked very well on the doors and as luck would have it, the Green Shed had copious quantities of Perspex we were able to use for the windows.
So the shed is no longer a cold draughty place, it is starting to feel more comfortable.
Next, we are looking for six double fluorescent lights to brighten the interior. Do you have any?
Here is the tank ready for connection, so if perhaps you are a Plumber could you help us with the installation?
Planning has also begun on the installation of the northern double-glazed windows and a double- glazed door and a submission for an ACT Government Zero Emission grant, which would be very valuable for this project. So, watch this space for more progress or make contact to help or make a donation.