Melbourne Vernacular 2018

Melbourne Vernacular
Yarraville VIC 3013
1pm – 3pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin donation
Donations supporting
Climate for Change
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Melbourne Vernacular and Altereco
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

This 100-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 whose beautiful fingerprints 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.

Features include:

  • 4kW solar PV
  • R3.5 insulation to all walls
  • R5.0 insulation to roof
  • Roofing colour ‘surf mist’ for the lowest level of summer solar heat absorption
  • 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 glazing 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, bluestone and timber rafters
  • Benchtops are made of recycled materials
  • Internal clothes-drying pulley system
  • High ceilings and unique joinery allow for ample storage in surprising locations
  • Zero VOC paints
  • Edible garden
  • Native plants
  • Rainwater storage and harvesting
  • Compost and worm farm.

Gold coin donations on the day will go towards supporting the good folks ‘Climate 4 Change’.

Click here to see Scott and Leanne talk about their home

To explore project photos and videos from all stages of the build, go to the Melbourne Vernacular website.

To find out more about the NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) click here.

The house also achieved 6 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.


Years Open
Roofing materials
Green roof
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
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. Benchtops are Eco by Consenting, 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 absorption.
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Autex GreenStuf
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Auto GreenStuf, Kingspan Kool Therm
Rating: R3.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Autex GreenStuf
Rating: R2.5
All electric home
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Water harvesting and saving
Stormwater management
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants