“Melbourne Vernacular” is the Yarraville home of Leanne and Scott and the 100 year old worker’s cottage was renovated with the goal of showcasing the best trends in local architectural design and sustainability. The project was deeply influenced by the research of the ATA and was made possible by some amazing local artisans, trades and businesses.

Leanne and Scott really want to share all they learned to help others create their own sustainable homes and often open their doors to visitors. ATA interns from the American University WPI visited earlier this year and put together this tour for those who can’t attend on Sustainable House Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aM6UxaQzco&feature=youtu.be

Of course, if you can, you can visit yourself on 16 September: https://sustainablehouseday.com/house-profile-view/?house_id=39726

The sustainable features if this beautiful home include: 

  • 4 kw solar PV
  • R 3.5 insulation to all walls
  • R 5.0 insulation to the roof
  • Roofing color “surf mist” for the lowest level of summer solar heat absorption
  • Passive design with living spaces orientated north and sleeping quarters to the south
  • Home uses pocket doors and adjustable radiators for zoning
  • Passive cooling and cross ventilation
  • Window glazing oriented to the north
  • Polished concrete and recycled brick thermal mass in the north facing living areas
  • Heat pump hydronic heating and hot water
  • Fully electric appliances with no gas connection
  • All appliances on timers to run off solar energy
  • Double glazed, argon filled timber windows
  • Gapless downlights with Bright Green LEDs throughout
  • Green roof with plants native to the western plains of Melbourne
  • Recycled materials, reuse of original bricks, blue stone and timber rafters
  • Bench tops are made of recycled materials
  • Internal clothes drying pully system
  • High ceilings and unique joinery allow for ample storage in surprising locations
  • Zero VOC paints
  • Edible garden
  • Native plants
  • Rain water storage and harvesting
  • Compost and worm farm