Huff’n’Puff Haus

Envirotecture with Talina Edwards Architecture and Shared Space Architecture (Passivhaus Consulting)

Huff’n’Puff Haus, crafted by Envirotecture, epitomises regenerative design in the tranquil setting of Ruffy, Victoria. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this home’s inner beauty lies in its genuine commitment to ethical responsibility, nurturing both people and planet.

The visionary clients sought an off-grid, self-sustaining haven, initially as a weekend retreat, which later became their permanent abode. They aspired to establish a hobby farm with goats, chickens, and bountiful gardens, embracing a self-sufficient lifestyle.

The project encountered multiple challenges, from optimising orientation in a region blessed with breathtaking 360-degree vistas to harmonising biophilic design with Passivhaus principles. The aim was to achieve off-grid status while ensuring comfort, sustainability, and resilience.

Sustainability is ingrained throughout this home. With strawbale construction, natural materials, and passive solar design, it generates more energy than it consumes through solar power, maintains a comfortable indoor environment, and minimises heating and cooling requirements.

Photography by Marnie Hawson