The 10 Star Home – The Sociable Weaver 2020

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Location
Cape Paterson VIC 3995
    • Housing Type:
    • Display Home
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Open with support of
    • The Cape Sustainable Development
    • Builder
    • The Sociable Weaver
    • Designer
    • Clare Cousins Architects

About The 10 Star Home – The Sociable Weaver

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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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
2019
2020
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Window Protection:
    • Awnings (external)
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Antiglare foil, bio-phase change material, wool batts
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R8.0 + PCM (Phase Change Material)
    • Floor Type:
    • Underslab insulation (kitchen/living)
    • Floor Rating:
    • R0.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Bio-phase Change Material, Wool batts
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5 kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $500,000
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $495,000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $3,200
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 160m2
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Timber

    • Wall Materials
    • Recycled Brickwork
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors

    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement windows and timber windows
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • 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
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Edible garden
      Green walls
      Organic
      Permaculture
      Native plants
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural oil sealer/finishes

    • Healthy Home
    • Clay-based paints, No mechanical temperature regulation

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