Building The Ecomotel – Port Augusta, South Australia

Owner Alan McMahon shares his experience combining old and new technologies to build an energy efficient motel – the Award Winning Crossroads Ecomotel in Port Augusta, South Australia. Constructed in 2014 using rammed earth and structural insulation panels, the buildings utilise passive solar design principles and are proving to be very energy efficient. Alan shares the planning steps he used, the considerations he made when building in an arid climate and also some of the successes and challenges he has encountered along the way. To learn more contact Alan at

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