Green Home Build 2019

Green Home Build
Ringwood East VIC 3135
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Sustainable Building and Design
David Coates
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

This light-filled contemporary home, completed in 2018, showcases what is possible when sustainability is embedded in the design DNA. The owners wanted to create a comfortable, healthy, attractive home with a small carbon footprint and low maintenance requirements. They were fortunate to be working with Sustainable Building and Design who have a similar passion for sustainable living, along with the skills and experience to bring this project to life.

The design evolved over time as specific features of the site dictated which sustainable building ideas were the best fit. Having a block with a north-south orientation is ideal for taking full advantage of passive solar principles. An 8.2 Star NaTHERS rating highlights the design’s success with minimising the amount of energy required for heating or cooling. Other features such as rainwater recovery, indigenous themed landscaping and walking distance to shops and public transport ensured an excellent Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) result of 71%

Building the house was another opportunity to think sustainably. Dismantling, rather than demolishing the original house produced a wealth of beautiful hardwood timber to use as cladding, door frames, etc.

We were able to recycle and reuse the following in our home:

  • Hardwood reclaimed from dismantling the original house used for cladding, door frames, wall features and front door.
  • Messmate timber reclaimed from demolished Melbourne building used for benchtops and bathroom cabinets.
  • Reclaimed ash floorboards from demolished 1920’s tram depot became the bedroom flooring.
  • Recyclable steel used for cladding and kitchen benchtop (with integrated double sink).
  • Engineered wood beams eliminated the need for hardwood or steel framing.

Thermal mass for the reverse brick veneer construction comes from Timbercrete blocks rather than energy intensive bricks. The builders are proud to say the house was constructed with sunlight. Their power tools were supplied with electricity from an off-grid solar power system.

We used VicMix envirocrete mixture reduced the slab’s carbon footprint and Timbercrete bricks are a low embodied energy alternative to standard bricks.

Highly efficient devices further reduce energy demand in the all-electric home. A reverse cycle air conditioner meets the minimal heating and cooling needs during extended periods of hot or cold days. Hot water is generated by another heat pump.

Most of the electricity required to live comfortably in this home comes from the 7.8 kW solar power system linked to a 10 kW battery. Any electricity shortfalls during the short, cloudy days of winter are met by importing GreenPower.

House constructed using electricity from an off-grid solar power system (article in Renew 148)

The finished home is a joy to look at and an absolute pleasure to live in. This design demonstrates the benefits of working with Nature, rather than using technology to overcome shortcomings. Please visit and share the experience of a home that wants to stay warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

Nissan LEAF EV on display for SHD


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 8.2 stars using NatHERS accredited software (FirstRate5). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.



Years Open
Universal Design Features
Hobless showers
No stairs/steps
Shower head on rail for various heights
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Metal (Zincalume)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Reverse Brick veneer
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Sliding windows/doors
Casement, hopper and sashless windows
Window and door shading
Eaves designed to shade windows in Summer but admit sunlight during Winter
Recycled and reused
Bathroom cabinets
Sustainable materials
Envirocrete mixture from VicMix used for the slab to reduce the concrete's carbon footprint.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
Rating: R2.4
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – polyester
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – polyester
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Kingspan K3 40mm insulation
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Electric vehicle
Manufacturer/type:Nissan LEAF
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Roto Industries plastic rainwater storage tank
Size: 2000L
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Native plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Reusable net bags for fruit & vegetable shopping (