Melbourne Vernacular 2017

Melbourne Vernacular
Yarraville 3013
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
100 sqm
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Project Type
Melbourne Vernacular and Altereco
Entry Fee
gold coin donation
Charity donations will go to
Climate for Change
Opening Hours
1:00pm - 4:00pm

This one hundred year old workers cottage in yarraville was painstakingly renovated with the goal of showcasing the best trends in local architectural design and sustainability. The project was deeply influenced by the research of the ATA and was made possible by some amazing local artisans, trades and businesses. A big shout out to Wood Melbourne who’s beautiful finger prints are all over it. Bank Australia, Enviro Friendly Plumbing, Elecforce, Cantilever and Ecolour Paints were all great partners in the project. We hope Melbourne Vernacular will inspire discussions about the simple but substantial ways in which sustainability can improve a home’s liveability, longevity, running costs and architectural value. A gold coin donation will go towards supporting the good folks at Climate for Change. To explore project photos and videos from all stages of the build check out melbourne_vernacular on instagram.

  • 4 KW solar pv
  • r 3.5 insulation to all walls
  • r 5.0 insulation to roof
  • Roofing color “surf mist” for the lowest level of summer solar heat absorbtion
  • passive design with living spaces orientated north and sleeping quarters to the south
  • home uses pocket doors and adjustable radiators for zoning
  • Passive cooling and cross ventilation
  • window glasing oriented to the north
  • polished concrete and recycled brick thermal mass in north facing living areas
  • heat pump hydronic heating and hot water
  • fully electric appliances with no gas connection
  • all appliances on timers to run off solar energy
  • double glazed, argon filled timber windows
  • gapless downlights with Bright Green LEDs throughout
  • green roof with plants native to the western plains of Melbourne
  • recycled materials, reuse of original bricks, blue stone and timber rafters
  • bench tops are made of recycled materials
  • internal clothes drying pully system
  • high ceilings and unique joinery allow for ample storage in surprising locations
  • zero VOC paints
  • edible garden
  • native plants
  • rain water storage and harvesting
  • compost and worm farm
  • Gold coin donations on the day will go to ‘Climate 4 Change’ 


Energy rating type
Energy rating
Building Type
Brick veneer
Recycled and reused
Sustainable materials
Bricks from the original backyard paving were reused as internal and external brick walls. Original bluestone foundations and paving were reused for all front paving. Australian Sustainable Hardwoods used throughout. Bench tops are Eco by Consentino which are manufactured from recycled glass, mirror, porcelain and eathenware. Carpets by Shaw Group are recyclable cradle to cradle certified. Colorbond "surf mist" used for all roofing and cladding for lowest levels of summer heat absorbtion.
Healthy home materials
Zero VOC Ecolour paint and a significant number of indoor plants for air filtration.
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Window/door materials and coverings
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Heat pump
Ceiling fans
Type: Autex Green Stuff,
Rating: 5.0
Internal and external walls
Type: Autex Green Stuff & Kingspan Kool Therm,
Rating: 3.5
Type: Autex Green Stuff,
Rating: 2.5
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: Melro Slimline,
Size: 3000
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Drip irrigation
Storage connected to
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Native plants
Green roofs
Connected to gas?