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. This equates to 203kg of carbon emissions saved per year per occupant, equivalent to planting 9.55 million trees or removing 48 million balloons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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.
The 10 Star Home – The Sociable Weaver was mentioned in the latest issue of Sanctuary magazine to read more click here