The 10 Star Home – The Sociable Weaver 2019

The 10 Star Home – The Sociable Weaver
Cape Paterson VIC 3995
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Display Home
Project Type
New Build
Clare Cousins Architects
The Sociable Weaver
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
The Cape Sustainable Development

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, underslab insulation, FSC hardwood double-glazed windows, and innovative new technology – bio-phase change material (BioPCM) insulation in walls and ceilings. Combined with 5kW PV 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 on-site without plastic packaging, and having separated waste bins on-site to collect recyclables, non-recyclables and organic waste. Excess materials were either re-purposed on-site or reused on other sites.

Designed by Clare Cousins and built by The Sociable Weaver.

To read more about The 10 Star Home:

This home will be one of ten homes open at The Cape for their annual Sustainable House Day Festival

This home is supported by


Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Disability access
Universal Design Features
100cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No stairs/steps
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
Window openings easily accessible
BAL Rating
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Recycled Brickwork
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Sliding windows/doors
Casement windows and timber windows
Window and door shading
Awnings (external)
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Bio-phase Change Material, Wool batts
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Antiglare foil, bio-phase change material, wool batts
Rating: R8.0 + PCM (Phase Change Material)
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Underslab insulation (kitchen/living)
Rating: R0.5
Healthy home
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural oil sealer/finishes
Clay-based paints, No mechanical temperature regulation
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
5 kW
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Smart home features
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Green walls
Native plants