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    Wangaratta New Sustainable Build

    Built new in 2015, this two storey home located on the outskirts of Wangaratta has considered the practicalities and efficiencies of living sustainably. The house is orientated for maximum winter gain, with windows and eves being calculated doe the applicable size to suit seasonal months of the...
    Wangaratta, VIC 3677
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    Johnson St Ballarat house

    The passive heating and cooling elements into the house extension include room orientation, north facing windows for sun, cooling cross breeze in the living area during summer, flexible shading on north side, thermal mass, double glazed windows, and door and window seals to limit undesirable air...
    Ballarat, VIC 3350
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    Murmungee Passive Solar House

    Seven years ago the owners built a passive solar house that was energy efficient, warm in winter, cool in summer with a fire safe garden. It was designed to suit them in old age with bathroom catering for disability, minimum steps and single level. Hebel was chosen for its insulation qualities,...
    Murmungee, VIC 3747
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    Arden

    Arden is a former farm cottage that was moved into town in the 1920s. The current owner purchased the house 10 years ago and began the task of converting the backyard into an orchard with a kitchen garden, chickens and bees. Solar panels and water tanks were also added. There is one rule - nothing...
    Stratford, VIC 3862
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    Green Roof in the City

    From the street, the white-painted brick three-storey 1950s block of flats in St. Kilda East looks pretty similar to its neighbours. But head up the back stairs to the roof and a surprise is in store – a verdant surprise, waving gently in the breeze. Come and visit the 646 square metres of...
    St Kilda East, VIC 3183
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    Passive solar house

    Our 7.9 star rated home incorporates passive solar design elements such as:east-west orientation with adequate eaves and large north windows, double-glazed windows, high levels of insulation and use of green energy bricks. We also used recycled materials such as bricks, flooring and pressed metal...
    Kerang, VIC 3579
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    Contemporary Straw Bale House

    We owner built our passive solar medium sized strawbale house starting in November 2008.  We have been living there very happily since February 2011. The house is orientated to the true north with longer west –east axis for heat penetration. The bulk of glazing is on the North with very little...
    Buninyong, VIC 3357
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    Camp Hill House

    Although built in the 70's, this brick veneer has been kept energy efficient with installation of double glazing , a 4.5 kw solar array , and heaps of insulation. My philosophy and home has been built around being as independent as possible, and to live as cheaply as possible (sorry, I meant...
    Drouin East, VIC 3818
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    White Pebble House

    Come visit the White Pebble house, the winner of the Best Ecological Sustainable Design for Bayside in 2015. Tours will be conducted at 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm & 3pm and limited to 35 people per tour. Tours can be booked soon contact shd@ata.com.au to register your...
    Hampton, VIC 3188
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    Anne's Garden

    Anne is opening only her beautiful garden for Sustainable House Day.  It will be worth the visit. Anne has lived in this 1850s terrace house for 16 years. When she first bought it, it had been used as a rooming house, complete with seven numbered bedrooms, one cold-water tap, no hot water, and...
    Fitzroy, VIC 3065
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    E-habitat

    This owner builder 'tree-house' family home was built around large established peppermint gum trees to preserve a Koala corridor on the edge of town in Foster. Built in 2010, it is a passive solar modular home designed by architect Giles Newstead. For detailed design and build specifications,...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    Brown Hill house

    14A is at rear of 14.  The house is designed under passive solar principals facing due North, with emphasis on correct placement of double glazed windows, extensive use of insulation, concerted effort in gap sealing and inclusion of thermal mass. The exterior wall cladding is 100 mm thick...
    Brown Hill, VIC 3350
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    Hemp Cottage

    This is a farm property being renovated for a bed and breakfast.  It is a refurbishment and retrofit of an existing cottage which originally dates from the 1890s. The rear part of the cottage has been retrofitted with hemp-lime walling for thermal properties, with a veranda added to shield from...
    Spring Hill, VIC 3444
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    Aerie

    In a rural living zone, at Toto Court, off Yellow Brick road, our house acquires a municipal fantasy. Despite the storybook idea, the main influence for this architecturally designed house is its setting. Not quite at the top of the hill, but close, and with a full frontal slope displaying a work...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    Peter and Natasha's strawbale home

    We are located 10km out of Bacchus Marsh, and we like to think of our home as ‘the house that love built’. As complete novices, we started building our strawbale house in October 2008, and with over 90 people helping us build (mainly family and friends) we obtained our Certificate of Occupancy...
    Merrimu, VIC 3340
  • Napier Crescent - A Step Closer

    Since the SHD last year, this house has undergone a renovation and extension to accommodate the family for the future. This year's project has built on several small scale improvements previously made to this 1960s brick veneer house. With exceptionally good bones, in terms of orientation and...
    Essendon, VIC 3040
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    Clearwind

        The house was built under a pre-existing hayshed with all the advantages of living under a huge roof which include fire safety, generous water catchment, and protection from summer sun, not to mention masses of storage area and no need for separate garages. We have 12 solar...
    Glenhope, VIC 3444
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    Solar Skillion Sleepout

    Howard and Bernie had an energy efficient sleepout designed and built that is attached to the existing house by a covered walkway, forming part of a complex of four buildings. New buildings are solar oriented and follow the four golden rules of good design related to sunlight, open spaces,...
    Benalla, VIC 3672
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    Cat and Gary's House

    This extension upgraded a 1920s Edwardian home to a sustainable dwelling with fun built in. Setback at ground level to provide space for an outdoor deck connected to the living zone, the upstairs bedroom opens onto a large balcony with views back over the old house and a slide down to a sandpit...
    Preston, VIC 3072
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    Panton Hill Sustainable House

    Starting with a house that rated 1.6 stars, concrete block construction on a concrete slab with a flat roof, poor solar access and a Bushfire Attack Level of 29,  we had a lot of challenges with this house. It was hot is summer, cold in winter and difficult (we thought) to update. We decided to...
    Panton Hill, VIC 3759
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    Trembath House

    Please call on the day - (03) 51861333 - to check the condition of our road.  After rains, sometimes 4W or all W drive is necessary.   We can pick up visitors at the river but you need to contact us to make those arrangements. Our home is...
    Madalya, VIC 3971
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    Arthur and Tina's Strawbale House

    Arthur and Tina's lifelong dream has been fulfilled. This strawbale home is a long labour of love. Five years in the making. We began in 2010 to face the challenges of building this sustainable home near the sea The 240 sq metres house sits on a slab with infloor solar hydronic heating. Over 700...
    Rosebrook, VIC 3285
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    Deans Marsh Lime Rendered Straw Bale Home

    The Phillips family home is a lime rendered, strawbale build using solar passive design. Mudbrick internal walls provide thermal mass, as do the earthen floors in the main living areas of both the home and recently completed studio accommodation. A stand alone solar system has provided most of...
    Deans Marsh, VIC 3235
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    Janine's House

    Janine's passive solar home features an exposed concrete slab facing North West, narrow build to increase air exchange, awning and sliding double glazed windows on opposite walls for air flow. There is no artificial cooling, all living and bedrooms have two way ceiling fans for winter and summer...
    Warranwood, VIC 3134
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    Sunraysia Institute of TAFE Tower Hill Eco Demonstration Centre

    The Tower Hill Eco Demonstration Centre through effective relationships with organisations such as Sustainability Victoria, Vic Urban, Swan Hill Rural City Council, National Centre of Sustainability, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE), Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Central Murray...
    Swan Hill, VIC 3585
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    Mt Egerton Orange House

    Features of the house include: sustainable materials, insulation, grid connect 2kw solar power system, solar hot water and rainwater harvesting. The house is an organic mix of tried and safe building materials and some welcome newer more sustainable products in a rural urban build within a water...
    Mount Egerton, VIC 3352
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    Selandra Community Place

    An 8-star, zero-energy community place, which promotes sustainable living and demonstrates ways to save money and the environment through 4 key themes: energy, waste, water and well being. Located in the City of Casey within the Selandra Rise residential community, Selandra Community Place is a...
    Clyde North, VIC 3978
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    Alan's House

    This house is primarily a retro fit demonstration for existing/traditional/standard homes that shows what are the cheapest/DIY options to make it 8.4+ stars. Utility bills, building performance data and methodology will be on display:  zero gas, zero mains water, and < 5kW hr electricity use...
    Briar Hill, VIC 3088
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    Wandiful Produce shed, house, farm

    Tours of the shed, house and farm are being run from the shed at 10.30am & 2.30pm - please call or text to book a spot on 0409 783 012. The farm shed has been partly renovated using salvaged and second-hand materials such as plywood, bricks, timber, doors, windows and tables have been made...
    Wandiligong, VIC 3744
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    Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage

    Come and visit the winner of the Bayside Built Environment Awards 2011, Best Ecologically Sustainable Design and finalist Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration. The home was renovated for highest eco-sustainability, while constrained (voluntarily) by the heritage charm of this modest Edwardian...
    Hampton, VIC 3188
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    Blower door house

    Our house has strawbale and rammed earth walls, solar and wood heater boosted hot water, all electric appliances and a 5kw PV system. Insulation is sprayfoam under the roof which spans from the top plate of the walls. On the day we will be demonstrating the use of a blower door or air...
    Yarragon, VIC 3823
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    Gruen Renovation

    The original brick veneer unit did not have any insulation at all and had single glazed aluminium windows. A freezing 0.8 stars rating. Halogen lighting throughout. + old appliances etc. And with some changes to it we have managed to convert the house into a comfortable family home with low bills,...
    Vermont, VIC 3133
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    Bellairs Avenue

    When Kat and Joel bought their home 14 years ago, it was a rustic old Edwardian shopfront with a train carriage in the backyard. Their shared passion for sustainable living saw them plan a complete revamp of the property, rebuilding a smarter, more efficient home in its place. A recycled brick...
    Seddon, VIC 3011
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    Energy Freedom Home

    This period family home has been retrofitted for efficiency and has recorded a reduction in gross energy and water consumption of 75%. With PV-generated energy the home is energy positive. The home uses high efficiency induction cooking. Mains gas has been completely removed. The home is the...
    Essendon, VIC 3040
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    Oaks - TS Constructions

    The Cape Display is an 8.2 star energy efficient, all electric double story home featuring very high levels of integrated sustainability. It is the first of 220 homes to be built to this standard at The Cape housing project at Cape Paterson, South...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Eco Living Display Centre

    The Eco Living Display Centre is a retrofitted building that displays a range of energy saving ideas including solar passive design, thermal mass, hydronic heating, heat pump technology, solar power, battery storage, solar hot water and ventilation (HRV).  You can also see a range of options for...
    Mount Martha, VIC 3941
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    Mulgrave/Wheelers Hill 1970's Retrofit Energy Efficiency

    Come and visit our 1970's home that we have retrofitted to be more energy efficient. Some initiatives we have undertaken include spray foam walls and floor insulation, LED lighting, and retrofitting double-glaze and triple glazed windows. A grid-connected solar system provides a renewable energy...
    Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150
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    The Backyard House

    This single-storey house was constructed in 2010. It is located in a “shared backyard” setting, which evolved over 25+ years, by a small group of long-term neighbours. The deep blocks allowed for the construction of two new houses at the rear of the existing houses, each of which was designed...
    Clifton Hill, VIC 3068
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    Renovator's Delight

    The Renovator's Delight was purchased in Jan. 2015. The 1960s brick veneer home was in much need of some TLC. So we gave it a complete make over and recycled many of its original features. All windows were replaced with PVC double glazed units. We also slightly remodeled the house layout. The...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    Turret House

    The Turret House began as a humble 19th century miner’s cottage comprising two hip roof sections and a skillion section at the rear.  In approximately 1990, the skillion section was demolished and a new hip roof section was added comprising an open plan kitchen/living...
    Ballarat East, VIC 3350
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    Lake Road House

    Lake Road House uses key elements of solar passive design to moderate extremes of temperature in Climate Zone 27, and provides a comfortable living environment for a couple planning to scale down. The home features a rectangular floor plan, with the long axis facing North to capture winter...
    Natimuk, VIC 3409
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    Sunstone

    One of the few buildings in the world certified as Passivhaus Plus and the only one outside Europe. A small house in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. To minimise costs, the Passivhaus techniques have been adapted to suit the local building traditions so the construction is...
    Doreen, VIC 3754
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    Dromana house

    This is a new holiday house on a north-facing block, built in reverse brick veneer, with a polished concrete floor on the lower level and bamboo flooring for the upper level. The ceiling fans and clerestory windows provide air circulation and venting of hot air in summer, and the concrete floor...
    Dromana, VIC 3936
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    Yr Ogof Ddyn

    Small. Well insulated roof. Correct solar orientation. Double glazed windows with thermal break in frames. Off-grid solar electricity, house 12v wired. Composting toilet. Rainwater collection. To read more about this home go to this article in the Riverine Herald published on 1st June 2017 
    Wilby, VIC 3728
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    Sixties 'Retro-fitted' Home Improvement - Burwood

    We saw potential in this 60s brick veneer: easy access to amenities and public transport, good solar access, and a workable floor plan. Since purchasing it in 2014, we've removed gas from the property, and installed energy efficient appliances, a 8.4kWh solar array with Enphase microinverters,...
    Burwood East, VIC 3151
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    Trentleck House

    Famiy home with solar, wind and hydro power. solar hot water and wood fired hydronic heating.  paddock to plate philosophy with fruit, veggies, chooks, cattle and bees. alpacas for wool.

    Talk on hydro, solar, wind 1030-1130

    Narracan, VIC 3824
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    Clare and David's home

    Our home design takes full advantage of the magnificent outlook across the Woodford valley. The design incorporates features that minimise energy use without compromising...
    Woodford, VIC 3281
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    Berkeley Castlemaine

    This three bed and two bath home has been renovated with passive solar design principles in mind to maximise the winter sun and cooling breezes. Using recycled yellow box hardwood timber for the flooring and highly insulated ceiling, walls and floors.  Structural insulated panels have been used...
    Castlemaine, VIC 3450
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    DUNE 1 - Adapt Design Group

    The Dune showcases all the fundamentals of best practice energy efficient design and construction – including good orientation, quality insulation, crossflow ventilation, double glazing, thermal mass and shading. The result was this...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    The 10 Star Home - The Sociable Weaver

    The 10 Star Home is Victoria's first 10 star home and the first home to be 10 star, carbon positive and built t0 zero waste and building biology philosophies.

    The home uses passive solar design and cross flow ventilation to heat and cool the home – this is achieved through thermal...

    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Caramar Passivhaus

    Our house has been built to the Passivhaus (Passive House) standard. Instead of thermal mass and cross ventilation, the house is standard stumps and timber frame construction; the whole building envelope is carefully wrapped and insulated, with careful attention to airtightness. Windows are...
    East Brighton, VIC 3187
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    The Bunker

    The Bunker was extended and renovated with a young growing family in mind. The owners were very conscious of sustainability and wanted a healthy, low impact, energy efficient home. By extending and renovating rather than a pull down and rebuild the home owners were able to cut costs along with...
    Moorabbin, VIC 3189
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    Armadale Passivhaus

    We've transformed an old weatherboard house into a modern, comfortable and super-energy efficient home using Passivhaus principles.  The house has been extensively renovated with very high levels of insulation, triple glazing, windows oriented to maximise northern light and is wrapped in an...
    Armadale, VIC 3143
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    Our Never Ending Project

    Our split-level ‘recycled house’ is a Post-WW11 open-plan house, rescued from the wrecker’s ball in Vermont, near Melbourne. Ceiling to floor windows along the living areas (elevated lounge/living and two large bedrooms) made the house ideal for passive solar living once we oriented the house...
    Portland, VIC 3305
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    Lille Skov

    • Contemporary, 8 star, 4 bedroom family home with study and studio, situated in 20 acres of eucalypt forest. BAL 29, Environmental Significance Overlay.
    • Orientated North to maximise sun exposure for solar array and passive heating.
    • Passive heating through...
    Mollongghip, VIC 3352
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    The Cove - The Sociable Weaver

    The Cove design wraps around a central courtyard to provide a hidden oasis, inviting connection with nature, while maintaining privacy. With three bedrooms on one arm of the u-shaped house and the living/dining and master bedroom on the opposite arm, the Cove design is suitable for larger families....
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Edwardian Bungalow Heading to Grid Independence

    Inner city Edwardian brick bungalow on a generous plot with an architect-designed renovation.  The sleep out was demolished to make way for a small extension, while the original house was architecturally remediated to bring in light.  Our objective was to create a liveable, low-energy modern...
    Brunswick East, VIC 3057
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    West Brunswick Sustainable House

    The West Brunswick Sustainable House was Victoria's first grid connected solar powered house. In 2017 the house is celebrating 21 consecutive years of generating a surplus of solar electricity. The home owners last paid for electricity in 1996! The house is a 1929 Californian bungalow style...
    Brunswick West, VIC 3055
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    Nappa Merri House

    The house was built in 1986 on a 1.86 ha block sloping downhill towards the North,   and built with a N-facing orientation.  The majority of the window surface  is facing North, allowing maximum entry of light and passive solar heating in winter.  A 1.5 m wide pergola on the N side is covered...
    Woodford, VIC 3281
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    Oak Lodge (hydro)

    The main feature is a "grid connected" multi stage micro hydro system consisting of 4 turbines of which it takes only 1 turbine  to provide the whole properties power. The hydro power is grid connected via a SP Pro inverter with battery backup hence is capable of being an off grid system if need...
    Narracan, VIC 3824
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    Eco Living Centre

    The HP Barr Community Centre was retrofitted as a part of the Eco Living Project in 2011 to demonstrate sustainability practices and retrofits which can be applied in houses. The community centre is still used for sporting events and hired by community interest groups. The upgrades and retrofits to...
    Wangaratta, VIC 3677
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    Strawbale Farmhouse in Riddells Creek

    1998: We were inspired to build our own Strawbale house after attending an alternative house tour in Beechworth. We loved the soft organic curves of thick (60cm) strawbale walls, being able to create deep-set windows and niches, the "do-ability" & insulation qualities of this building method...
    Riddells Creek, VIC 3431
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    Kyneton Retrofit

    WELCOME, we’re Brian and Silvana, and we’ve always been interested in (and mostly employed in) sustainability related roles, and try to minimise our environmental footprint. In May 2014, Silvana started working in Gisborne, which increased our environmental impact, because of the need to...
    Kyneton, VIC 3444
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    The Woodend Winter Palace

    The brief for this new build was to build a 'family home' of generous room proportions and a flexible layout.  It was intended to have general mass appeal so as to make re-sale easy.  It needed to stand above the products delivered by the local 'volume' builders, but cost control was...
    Woodend, VIC 3442
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    Anne Road Strawbale House

    Dave and I discussed straw bale building on our very first date and this winter we moved in after years of owner building!  We wanted to have a small environmental footprint so the building process ended up meandering into all sorts of extra details that reduce our energy consumption along the...
    Woodend, VIC 3442
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    Jack and Juneen's house

    House of residence: owner built started in March 2008 finished in October 2010. The house is oriented towards the north for maximum light and warmth during the cooler months. All floors, walls and ceilings are insulated. All windows are double glazed. Wooden floor in living area is sealed with a...
    Walkerville, VIC 3956
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    The House that Beth Built

    Small urban block with north south orientation Krammed straw, radially sawn timber and colour bond steel walls Rammed earth floors and plywood and recycled chipboard internal wall cladding Recycled materials in finishes including mosaic, pressed metal, redgum timber...
    Stratford, VIC 3862
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    Cutlers - TS Constructions

    Named after a local surf break, Cutlers is a beautifully designed and built 8.2 star single story home. This carbon neutral, energy and water efficient coastal home sits within the top 1% of sustainable homes in Australia and...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Sea Mist

    Kate and Stephen’s early vision to live sustainably has been a long and enjoyable evolution from designing Permaculture landscapes & reaped the rewards, to designing and building solar passive homes. They have incorporated many sustainable practices and technologies into their home, a labour...
    Warrnambool, VIC 3280
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    Albion Eco-Living Centre

    Sustainable House Day is a great excuse to check the Albion Eco-Living Centre- a fine example of a sustainable retrofit. You can also hear our...
    Sunshine, VIC 3020
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    Myrtleford Eco House

    Our house was built in 2008. The land was selected because of the northerly aspect and house designed to take full advantage of the winter sun. The house incorporates large double glazed windows to take full advantage of the views and...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    Heritage renovation and garden

    To renovate their 110 year old brick home, Jane and Mark insulated under the floor and in the ceiling, stripped out internal fittings (floor coverings, curtains, etc.) and gutted the back 1/3 of the house. Keeping the same building footprint, the renovated area is now open plan kitchen and living...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    CERES EcoHouse

    Full retrofit of a typical inner Melbourne home and land addressing a broad suite of considerations for more sustainable living. Features for energy: solar passive re-design, thermal mass, solar pv & hws, EV, hydronic & geothermal heating/ cooling, energy efficient appliances &...
    Brunswick East, VIC 3057
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    "Convertible" House at Stringybark

    The unique design of the convertible house with its barrel vault ceiling gives a small space a big feel. The aim was to create a home that had minimal impact on the environment through the use of good orientation for passive solar gain and use of the natural resources available on site - rainfall...
    Scarsdale, VIC 3351
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    The Tall House - Beaufort

    The Tall House - Beaufort was designed with passive heating/cooling in mind like most sustainable houses, but what sets it apart is it’s cradle-to-cradle/ whole of life cycle design philosophy. It is extremely comfortable to live in and is built to last. The house is exceptionally high...
    Beaufort, VIC 3373
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    Myrtleford Piazza SHD Fair

    Before touring local open houses, stop by Myrtleford Piazza to collect your map and check out displays from sustainable businesses. Nearby open houses are:
    • Myrtleford Heritage Renovation - ideas for upgrading an existing home with sustainable features
    • Myrtleford  Eco...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    Linard House

    Ultra modern house utilising sound environmental design, modern building materials and technology to create a bush fire safe haven in Greendale. Building Materials & Insulation All internal & external windows are double glazed in hardwood panels with powered metal shutters. The...
    Greendale, VIC 3341
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    rutherglen hemp house

    Hempcrete construction including most internal walls. Surefoot foundation system , no concrete involved. UPVC windows and doors that are multiple sealed, house is airtight. Passive solar...
    rutherglen, VIC 3685