The Cove – The Sociable Weaver 2019

The Cove – 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
The Sociable Weaver
The Sociable Weaver
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
The Cape Sustainable Development

Designed and built by The Sociable Weaver, the Cove design wraps around a central courtyard to provide a hidden oasis, inviting connection with nature while maintaining privacy. With three bedrooms on one arm of the u-shaped house, and the living/dining and master bedroom on the opposite arm, the Cove design is suitable for larger families. This unique design is suitable for any climate or setting (urban or rural), and would be particularly suited to areas that receive high winds, where the central courtyard can offer a retreat.


  • Passive solar design: Large double-glazed north-facing windows ensure maximum solar penetration in winter, heating the home naturally. The internal courtyard maximises northerly sun exposure to the rear three bedrooms, with a brick mass wall to hold heat
  • Thermal mass: A naturally burnished concrete slab and internal blockwork add thermal mass to the home to harvest and store solar heat
  • Courtyard design: Internal courtyard maximises northerly sun exposure to the rear bedrooms while also providing protection from southerly and westerly winds. For inhabitants, the courtyard provides another area to enjoy the outdoors and open the home to nature
  • 7.8 Star energy rating (and a higher energy rating can be achieved with design alterations).

Opening in conjunction with Live at the Cape and The Cape Inaugural Sustainable Street Party.

Designed and built by The Sociable Weaver.

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


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.8 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


This home is supported by


Years Open
Universal design accessability
Universal Design Features
100cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No stairs/steps
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Concrete blocks
Colorbond corrugated cladding, plasterboard with recycled gypsum and paper lining, Cement sheet
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Argon-filled double glazed windows
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Plasterboard- up to 15% recycled gypsum and 100% recycled paper lining. GECA certified
Sustainable materials
Plasterboard from BGC Plaster which includes GECA Certification and up to 15% recycled gypsum and 100% recycled paper lining. Concrete slab composed of 10% fly ash. Wall framing & trusses are all FSC Certified. CHaymes zero-VOC paint to internal walls and ceilings throughout. Alpine FSC EO MDF low-formaldehyde glue. Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR concrete densifier- odourless and VOC-free.
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Earthwool batts and reflective foil
Rating: R2.7
Insulation - Other
Underslab- Climafoam R1.8
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Grapevines growing over courtyard
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Tank- Overflow from tanks goes to the Community Garden
Size: 10,000L
Stormwater management
Garden / Outdoors
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants