The 10 Star Home - The Sociable Weaver 2018

The 10 Star Home - The Sociable Weaver
Cape Paterson 3995
Housing Type
Standalone House
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
The Sociable Weaver
Project Type
Clare Cousins
Opening Hours
10am - 4pm

Built by The Sociable Weaver and designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects, The 10 Star Home is Victoria’s first 10 star home and the first home to be 10 star, carbon positive and built to 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 mass industrial concrete floors, under slab insulation, FSC hardwood double-glazed windows, and innovative new technology Bio-Phase Change Material (BioPCM) insulation in walls and ceilings. Combined with 5kW photovoltaic solar on the roof and highly efficient LED lighting throughout, this home is estimated to cost only $3 per year to run – if that!

Through Life Cycle Analysis by eTool, modelling shows that over the lifetime of the home, the 10 Star Home will not only negate its carbon footprint but will positively exceed it.

Built to follow building biology principles, the home is entirely healthy and non-toxic – from the natural sealants and paints used on floors, walls and ceilings, through to organic and sustainable furnishings such as organic cotton bedding and mattresses, non-toxic natural cleaning products, right down to sustainable bamboo toothbrushes.

Zero waste principles were also followed during construction to ensure as little waste as possible was sent to landfill. This involved working with suppliers to request materials delivered onsite without plastic packaging, and having separated waste bins onsite to collect recyclables, non-recyclables and organic waste. Excess materials were either re-purposed onsite or re-used on other sites.

Opening in conjunction with Live at the Cape and The Cape Inaugural Sustainable Street Party

Designed by Clare Cousins and built by The Sociable Weaver

To read more about The 10 Star Home:


Energy rating type
First Rate
Energy rating
10 Stars
Universal Design Features
Adaptive design
Building Type
Double brick
Recycled and reused
Radial sawn timber, low carbon concrete, recycled bricks, recycled landscape materials
Sustainable materials
Radial sawn timber, low carbon concrete, recycled bricks, recycled landscape materials
Healthy home materials
Double glazing
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Window/door materials and coverings
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Type: Anti-glare foil, Bio-Phase change material,
Rating: R8.0 + PCM (Phase Change Material)
Type: Underslab insulation (Kitchen/Living),
Rating: R0.5
Water harvesting and water saving
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Edible garden
Green walls
Native plants
Water wise plants
Council property located in:
Bass Coast Shire Council
Connected to gas?