This private home is an example of a standard narrow-block design build with sustainability taken to an 8 star rating. Completed in January, 2011 by builders Designer Homes Qld P/L (Andrew Black) and Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders’ draughtsman Kevin Hincksman, it sits on a 802 square meter block. Many similar blocks in the area are being subdivided, and whilst the build caters for this potentiality, it also demonstrates the future-proofing benefits of space. This was then followed by 2-3 years of construction and development of a food garden and rainwater harvesting systems, including a storage bungalow. Unfortunately, absent from the design is grey and black water recycling.
Currently there are 3 people living at “Equanimity Foundation”; the owner and two long term house-mates. The house runs as a proto-type micro-community for a larger co-housing concept, where housemates pay $85 per week and do a minimum of 4 or 5 hours per week to cover accommodation. Anything consumed from the garden is deducted from their local complimentary currency account – LETS (Local Exchange Trading System, or CommunityExchange.net.au). Extra hours worked are credited to their LETS account. Fewer hours are made up in $s. It demonstrates how a high quality of life can be achieved with minimal cash flow.
Much of what happens here is inspired by the goals of The Zeitgeist Movement, one of the largest grass-roots online sustainability advocacy organizations.