Campbell Dual Occupancy


Location | Campbell, ACT

Date completed | November 2013

EER | 7.3 stars

Area | 151m²

Builder | Jigsaw Housing

Images | Rod Vargas


Pared back simplicity 

Our highly engaged client – one of the participants in our very first community workshops on how to build an affordable, energy efficient house – was familiar with the idea of exploring ‘what is a home’ and keen to create a high degree of comfort from pared back essentials to simplify life in retirement.

Sited on a previously under-used section of garden at the rear of the block, the house is positioned for optimal northern orientation and to provide a sense of privacy from the main home.

The generous living room with study faces north and overlooks the garden; double glazed windows are positioned to capture winter sun and frame bushland views; and the two bedroom / two bathroom floor plan easily accommodates regular visitors from interstate.


Key features

2 bed, 1 living & 2 bathrooms

1556m² sloping site with orientation of north to the side

Single carport

Second-self sufficient dwelling connected to existing house

Customised joinery including robes, kitchen and study space

Floor finishes include; timber and tiles

Northern facing deck connected to the main living space



High levels of insulation in walls (R2.5) and ceilings (R5)

 R1 insulation to slab edge

Vapour permeable building wrap to control moisture and reduce air movement past insulation

Testing to ensure building envelope integrity: thermographic inspection of insulation and fan depressurisation to ensure airtightness

Window and eave sizes optimised through scientific analysis and collaboration with architect

Small electric radiator panels for heating

Ceiling fans for cooling

PVC double-glazed tilt and turn windows

All communal/living spaces have northern glazing


Throughout the planning stages for my extension, the team were most generous with their time – not to mention infinitely patient and good natured. The design is a joy to live in, and Jenny has ensured optimum energy efficiency. I am delighted at their success
— The Client | Marika