Sustainability scorecard summary for our design

Sustainability scorecard results

Designing a sustainable home from first principles means combining lots of ideas into something that is so much different to a standard design.  Does the overall design make sense?  Is ...

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Aiming for a green home with an 8 star plus rating

8 star plus energy rating

Envelope please.  And tonight’s winning number is 8.1!  We’d just opened an email from David to discover our house designs had scored an 8 star plus energy rating. What does 8 ...

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Wireless sensor tag for monitoring temperature

Wireless sensor tags arrive

I couldn’t wait to open the package that recently arrived on our doorstep.  I’d been tracking its progress in the mail system for a few days.  My Wireless Sensor Tags ...

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Choosing the right insulation to reduce heat loss

Insulation choices

After sorting out the cladding options for our homes, we started to think about insulation.  What material should we choose to do the hard yakka of reducing heat flow through the ...

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Cladding defines the home's exterior

Cladding choices

Selecting suitable claddings for the finished homes is an important step. We will be using a combination of four materials chosen for their looks and sustainability.

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Using sustainability assessment tools to rate house performance

Sustainability assessment

As the planning permit documentation comes together, our thoughts turned to how best to share the sustainable design features with the Council personnel who will review the paperwork.  Not really ...

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Home show 2016

Visiting the Melbourne Home Show is another way to gather ideas and opinions about what sustainability features we should include in our design.

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Using sustainable builders to build better houses

Other sustainable builders

Listening to other sustainable builders talk about their designs confirmed our belief that we are on the right track with our plans. These builders are using similar design principles. Like our team, everyone involved speaks passionately about what they are aiming to achieve with a new style of housing.

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Live at the Cape

Live at the Cape

Taking the opportunity to visit the Cape sustainable development at Cape Paterson highlighted we were aiming to meet similar objectives - good looking homes that were designed according to sustainability principles, along with a desire to encourage a sense of community amongst the future residents.

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Poster for COP21 in Paris

Paris COP21 and our plans

How does Paris COP21 and our plans fit together? Do our designs stack up with the ideals and intentions announced at the conference? We were interested to compare our plans with what the international community had agreed.

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