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.
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