Blackwood 2023

House Notes – Blackwood

The Blackwood by Chatham Homes is a pioneer in sustainable living, being Australia’s first Green Star certified detached home located in Lucas, Victoria. The focus of its construction was to showcase the positive impact that sustainable material selection, thoughtful design and responsible building methods have on human health, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

With the devastating bushfires in mind, the home was designed to embody resilience and adapt to changing conditions, while also prioritizing human health through high-quality air and water, and using low-toxicity materials. The construction process was also guided by the goal of supporting local innovators and strengthening local supply chains, setting a new standard for volume-built homes in Australia.

The Blackwood stands out as a shining example of sustainable living, being 38% more thermally efficient and consuming 55% less energy than the Australian standard. Despite the challenging climate of Ballarat, the home was able to attain an impressive 8.2-star NatHERS energy rating. This means significant savings of around $750 annually on energy bills, and a reduction of 25% in harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The Blackwood represents a turning point in the pursuit of healthier and more sustainable homes. It showcases that it is possible to build homes that are not only comfortable and functional, but also responsible and environmentally conscious. This home serves as a shining example of the power of sustainable design, and a blueprint for a greener future in the volume building industry.


The Blackwood by Chatham Homes © Daniel De Bono, Deezren

Sustainability Features

Years Open
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Deciduous planting around house
      Heat recovery ventilation system
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Water tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 2,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
    • Sustainable materials:
    • • Triple glazed uPVC windows and doors • AAC external Hebel cladding • High performance insulation in walls and ceiling • Airtightness of 4.45 air changes per hour • Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery • Photovoltaic solar panel system • Home battery for energy storage • All-electric appliances • Hot water heat pump • Low VOC engineered timber flooring, paints, glues, grouts, and waterproofing • Air filtration with advanced filters • LED and Circadian downlights • Three-stage water filtration at mains connection • Minimum 4-star WELS rated water fixtures • External wicking beds and water tank • Perennial and deciduous landscaping
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Cladding
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R-7
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R-2.7
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R-2.7
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 8.2
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV off-grid
    • Size of PV system:
    • 12.7
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $614,899
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $750
    • House Size
    • 295.93m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Aerated concrete
    • Window and Door Types
    • Triple glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No Corner cupboards
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Wicking beds
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
      Waste free/reduced construction site
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
Lucas VIC 3350
    • Housing Type:
    • Display Home
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Open with support of
    • BREAZE Ballarat renewable energy and zero emissions co op.
    • Builder
    • Chatham Homes
    • Designer
    • Chatham Homes

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