Dramatic roof line above the frame for the front entrance

Frame built for number 3

Construction of our third home is powering along, even with the attention given to Sustainable House Day for the first and cladding the second. Pouring the concrete slab paved the way for building the frame and installing the roof.

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Thermal mass in living room heated by sunlight

ARENA video showcases our home

Hey, our development features in a video made by ARENA! They're using it to promote the environmental and financial benefits of including sustainability principles in the design and construction new houses.

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Winter solar operation of solar power and battery

Winter solar and battery experience

After the first winter in our all-electric home, it’s time to look back over the numbers and tease out useful lessons.  What worked well and contributed to our objective of ...

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Floors and walls in second home

Finishing the walls and floors in our second home made a significant difference to the internal appearance. Polishing the reclaimed floorboards and concrete slab brought out the character of both surfaces. Plastering the walls highlighted the distinctive shapes and angles in the rooms.

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Finished backyard landscaping with the fence panel feature

Backyard blitz for number 1

Landscaping the backyard of our first home with a simple, but effective, design turned the area into an inviting space.

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Steel cladding contrasts well with timber door and window frames

Cladding materials for number 2

Experience gained from building our first home helped to make some modifications to the cladding specifications for the second one. For example, we replaced Shadowclad with more Klip Lok steel cladding.

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Sustainable House Day 2019

After several years of visiting other people’s homes on Sustainable House Day, we’re excited to announce that our first home will be open for visitors on September 15.  Now it’s ...

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Thermal mass in living room heated by sunlight

Living with thermal mass

Learning how to help the passive solar design features keep us warm in Winter is a useful exercise. Sunlight is all we need on clear, cold days. When it's cloudy, we use the heat pump to stop the concrete slab thermal mass cooling too much.

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Finished landscaping of Unit 1 front garden

Landscaping makes a difference

After the hot weather and other project priorities conspiring against us, it was a pleasure to finally start on landscaping the front garden of Unit 1. There are three main elements to the garden - crazy paving slate steps, a found object sculpture within a ring of railway sleepers and an indigenous bushland theme.

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Good progress on Unit 2 with walls wrapped

Progress on three units

While looking around our worksite recently, I took the opportunity to pause and look at the big picture.  We’ve reached that exciting point where something is happening on all three ...

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