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    rutherglen hemp house

    Hempcrete construction including most internal walls. Surefoot foundation system , no concrete involved. UPVC windows and doors that are multiple sealed, house is airtight. Passive solar...
    rutherglen, VIC 3685
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    Armadale Passivhaus

    We've transformed an old weatherboard house into a modern, comfortable and super-energy efficient home using Passivhaus principles.  The house has been extensively renovated with very high levels of insulation, triple glazing, windows oriented to maximise northern light and is wrapped in an...
    Armadale, VIC 3143
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    The Bunker

    The Bunker was extended and renovated with a young growing family in mind. The owners were very conscious of sustainability and wanted a healthy, low impact, energy efficient home. By extending and renovating rather than a pull down and rebuild the home owners were able to cut costs along with...
    Moorabbin, VIC 3189
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    Pb and Swabodhi's strawbale

    We are situated on a hectare deliberately chosen between town and the coast. We designed our home to have a low running cost and to be comfortable to live in with no additional cooling needed in summer and minimal heating in winter. Internal earth render was obtained from our block which we...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Vieska, Bedfordale

    Our recently completed passive solar home on a semi-rural property was designed and orientated to maximise northern exposure as well as views down the valley to the south.  In summer, sails and deciduous vines shade the northern windows and double glazing to the south keeps the ambient heat out....
    Bedfordale, WA 6112
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    Mudgee Hempcrete House 2

    Hempcrete home. This elongated home capitalises on its position, elevated above an infrequent creek with views across the landscape. One of few clearings on a property that typifies the gentle slopes of the Mudgee area with creek flats below. The entry to the home leads you along a sweeping...
    Grattai, NSW 2850
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    Stucco Co-operative – Solar + Storage in multi-unit apartment housing

    Stucco is a housing co-operative for low-income students of the University of Sydney. It has 46 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms in this heritage listed building. In December 2016, Stucco became the first apartment building in Australia to install Solar PV and battery storage. This pioneering initiative...
    Newtown, NSW 2042
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    Rainbow House

    The name Rainbow House is from the unexpected delight of the sun refracting off the louvre edges in different parts of the house throughout the day. This is a house designed for the tropics. It is a modest size. A careful choice of orientation is the major reason for efficiency and comfort....
    SARINA, QLD 4737
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    Enid’s Eco house

    Passive solar design principles with living areas and courtyards facing north. Minimal areas of glazing facing west and east. Appropriate shading to all glazing allowing winter sun to penetrate into the building and summer sun to be excluded. Good cross ventilation with a maximum of 2 rooms deep....
    Kelmscott, WA 6111
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    Sky Farm

    The beautifully crafted studio hovers above the ground on a timber platform (elevated to reduce mould) which extends beyond the walls as a perimeter deck. The structure uses recycled hardwood post-and-beam frames with in ll panels of 200mm-thick hempcrete. The translucent awning shutters at the...
    Mullumbimby, NSW 2482
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    Bindarrabi Community: Block 1

    Built facing north to passive solar design principles with polished concrete floor for thermal mass, high levels of wall and ceiling insulation to keep the temperatures inside cool in summer and warm in winter. Rain water collects in to a 50,000L underground concrete water tank that provides...
    Koreelah, NSW 2476
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    Finnerty House

    This family home was designed by Solar Dwellings to passive solar design principles to maximise the winter sun, keeping the house warm in winter with light filled living...
    Karrinyup, WA 6018
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    Quindalup Small House

    The Quindalup small house has been developed as a reaction to Australia’s fixation on building big for the sake of it. We currently build bigger houses than America, which are energy intensive to construct, heat, cool and maintain. The Quindalup small house has been designed to suit the needs of...
    Quindalup, WA 6281
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    Garden Room House

    This subtropical renovation has not only connected a New Farm house with its lush garden but converted a ‘rarely used’ swimming pool into a no-cost hydronic heating/cooling system. The design reorganised spaces to bring in more light, more garden, more openness and coolness. The new scheme,...
    New Farm, QLD 4005
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    Blue House

    Featuring an effective passive solar design, plenty of salvaged and recycled materials, and an innovative whole-block water harvesting system, this little owner-built home provides a comfortable base for a young Canberra family. The two-storey house has three bedrooms and a studio, plus a...
    Coombs, ACT 2611
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    Caramar Passivhaus

    Our house has been built to the Passivhaus (Passive House) standard. Instead of thermal mass and cross ventilation, the house is standard stumps and timber frame construction; the whole building envelope is carefully wrapped and insulated, with careful attention to airtightness. Windows are...
    East Brighton, VIC 3187
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    Yallingup Chateau Margaret River Holiday Home

    The Yallingup Chateau started as our dream home, & was mentally cooked for about a decade another decade of steady on and off work to complete. It is now an Eco Holiday Home in the Margaret River Region of WA, it is an eco home that has not compromised on aesthetics, but in fact has been...
    Yallingup, WA 6282
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    Wamboin Straw

    Our owner built home is close to super insulated with:
    • Load bearing straw bale walls that are estimated to be R6 - R9
    • ~R8 insulation in the ceiling under a Colorbond roof
    • Some mud brick internal walls for thermal mass with R2 insulation in every other internal...
    Wamboin, NSW 2620
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    Murdoch's

    The house was built in 1945 from brick, tiles and hardwood frame. Previous owners  renovated the house and included a 2.2kw solar system, evacuated tube solar hot water, 2 x 10000 litre water tanks which are connected to all taps except the kitchen tap, and added a loft and granny flat. Current...
    Speers Point, NSW 2284
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    Our Never Ending Project

    Our split-level ‘recycled house’ is a Post-WW11 open-plan house, rescued from the wrecker’s ball in Vermont, near Melbourne. Ceiling to floor windows along the living areas (elevated lounge/living and two large bedrooms) made the house ideal for passive solar living once we oriented the house...
    Portland, VIC 3305
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    Lille Skov

    • Contemporary, 8 star, 4 bedroom family home with study and studio, situated in 20 acres of eucalypt forest. BAL 29, Environmental Significance Overlay.
    • Orientated North to maximise sun exposure for solar array and passive heating.
    • Passive heating through...
    Mollongghip, VIC 3352
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    West Brunswick Sustainable House

    The West Brunswick Sustainable House was Victoria's first grid connected solar powered house. In 2017 the house is celebrating 21 consecutive years of generating a surplus of solar electricity. The home owners last paid for electricity in 1996! The house is a 1929 Californian bungalow style...
    Brunswick West, VIC 3055
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    The Link Building - Ginninderry

    The Link at Ginninderry is a new multi-purpose...
    Holt, ACT 2617
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    "Aristida" strawbale off-grid house

    Constructed in 1999, this strawbale house with off-grid power, water and wastewater self-sufficiency, has stood the test of time and is testament to sustainable living in every way. On offer are the following;

    • Proven...
    Armagh, SA 5453
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    Edwardian Bungalow Heading to Grid Independence

    Inner city Edwardian brick bungalow on a generous plot with an architect-designed renovation.  The sleep out was demolished to make way for a small extension, while the original house was architecturally remediated to bring in light.  Our objective was to create a liveable, low-energy modern...
    Brunswick East, VIC 3057
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    7 Doust Straw

    We are the designers and the builders, we are a couple who are very environmentally conscious. We wanted to build a thermal efficient building that is also a healthy house using renewable products when possible to minimise the carbon footprint and to maximise affordability. With...
    Hilton, WA 6163
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    Greg & Maria's House

    We built our passive solar house in 1988, with a view to living as sustainably as possible. As technology has improved and become more affordable we have added sustainable features as appropriate. Solar hot water system was the first addition in 1990 and in 2009 rainwater storage tanks were...
    Woronora Heights, NSW 2233
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    The Cove - 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....
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    The 10 Star Home - The Sociable Weaver

    The 10 Star Home is Victoria's first 10 star home and the first home to be 10 star, carbon positive and built t0 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...

    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    DUNE 1 - Adapt Design Group

    The Dune showcases all the fundamentals of best practice energy efficient design and construction – including good orientation, quality insulation, crossflow ventilation, double glazing, thermal mass and shading. The result was this...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Dromana house

    This is a new holiday house on a north-facing block, built in reverse brick veneer, with a polished concrete floor on the lower level and bamboo flooring for the upper level. The ceiling fans and clerestory windows provide air circulation and venting of hot air in summer, and the concrete floor...
    Dromana, VIC 3936
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    Sunstone

    One of the few buildings in the world certified as Passivhaus Plus and the only one outside Europe. A small house in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. To minimise costs, the Passivhaus techniques have been adapted to suit the local building traditions so the construction is...
    Doreen, VIC 3754
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    Cygnet straw bales

    Since acquiring the land my design plans and ideas were very simple and clear. May 2016, excavate the dam and groundworks inc house site before the winter rains allowing it to settle before the following summer build. In the meantime plant out before building works commence ... The design...
    Cygnet, TAS 7112
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    GOODHOUSE16

    A super functional family home that is connected to site. GoodHouse16 is a wonderful example of simple design that exploits all the site has to offer. A large ‘hole’ in the middle of the house provides visual connection to the front and rear yard and surrounding treesscape, as well as allowing...
    Macclesfield, SA 5153
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    Westbury renovation a few years later

    We bought the house in 2008 with the express intention of renovating in a sustainable manner. It was opened in 2010 to 2012 with many visiting to explore the improvements. Now we would invite people to see how it is standing the test of time 5 years later. It features heat pump hot water, natural...
    westbury, TAS 7303
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    Lake Road House

    Lake Road House uses key elements of solar passive design to moderate extremes of temperature in Climate Zone 27, and provides a comfortable living environment for a couple planning to scale down. The home features a rectangular floor plan, with the long axis facing North to capture winter...
    Natimuk, VIC 3409
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    Gilberton House

    Energy efficient 3 bedroom house built on a compact 400m2 allotment with high levels of thermal mass from reverse brick veneer design, large concrete block wall inside living area and polished concrete floor. Orientation of living area captures winter sun and light. Currently a net...
    Gilberton, SA 5081
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    Sandraleena

    Sandraleena is built with timbercrete and double brick insulated walls. Designed to make the most of the northern orientation making this home warm and cosy in winter and cool and breezy in summer. Photovoltaics (5kw) and evacuted tube solar hot water system along with energy efficient...
    Southend, SA 5280
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    Traditional Cottage with Contemporary Addition

    A TS4 Living home that proves you don’t need to demolish the past to live in the future. The brief: take a small, poorly orientated listed cottage built in 1904 and transform it into a 165m2 family home for the future. The response: add a new addition...
    Beulah Park, SA 5067
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    Earthship Ironbank

    Earthship Ironbank is Australia's first council approved Earthship, and it's also a BnB for everyone to enjoy! The purpose of this building is to educate people about Earthship design principles and let them experience off-grid living in a self sufficient home. Because it’s the first of its...
    Ironbank, SA 5153
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    SpurTopia Homestead

    Our Spurtopia homestead is aiming to be self-sufficient (energy, water, food) showcase home for people to come and be inspired. Applying a clever design, our ideas and inventions and engineering mind including using readily available materials make the place outstanding with continuous improvements...
    Fernvale, QLD 4306
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    South Coast Container House

    This container house was always about economy, energy efficiency and sustainability, and how to do as much as possible on a very limited budget. However, the scale belies the efficiency of program and generosity of the outcome. It is modest in budget and also in scale (93m2 + 40m2 decks + guest...
    Long Beach, NSW 2536
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    Biogas house

    See a home backyard biogas system in action and the inside of a native bee-hive when being split at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. We cook whenever we can on our outdoor stove connected to the biogas plant that generates fuel from our kitchen waste. Most of the garden is set up from recycled...
    Newington, NSW 2127
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    Leichhardt knock down rebuild new house

    The house has been designed by Caroline Pidcock and Associates The brief was an eco-friendly, 3 bedroom house in keeping with the area, with bedrooms at the back of the house. The house is designed using passive solar principles, with lots of cross...
    Leichhartd, NSW 2040
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    More sustainable ex-govie

    This ex Government home has been renovated into a sustainable home that is both energy efficient and comfortable. Our power bills have been drastically reduced as our energy consumption is  less than 7kWh a day. Fully insulated and with under floor heating this home stays cozy even in the coldest...
    Moruya, NSW 2527
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    Flexible Family Backyard House

    This is a fantastic secondary residence in a family collective built for one family member prior to retirement.  It is north facing which makes the most of passive solar design principles which focuses on economy and energy efficiency. The layout is flexible for large family gatherings as...
    Macquarie, ACT 2614
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    Yr Ogof Ddyn

    Small. Well insulated roof. Correct solar orientation. Double glazed windows with thermal break in frames. Off-grid solar electricity, house 12v wired. Composting toilet. Rainwater collection. To read more about this home go to this article in the Riverine Herald published on 1st June 2017 
    Wilby, VIC 3728
  • Our Retirement Home

    Renovated & remodelled 1970s house to achieve solar passive design with polished cement floor in daily living spaces, double glazed windows, throughout & rendered external cladding is 75mm thick expanded polystyrene. Built using universal design principles for elderly inhabitants....
    Evandale, TAS 7212
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    Strawbale Farmhouse

    Strawbale eco-farmhouse, superinsulated, passive solar heating autumn through spring utilising mass coloured concrete floor as the main solar heater and thermal battery, wood fire runs an average of two evenings a week in winter as temperature usually stays in low 20s through passive solar heating...
    Redmond, WA 6327
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    Milton Serendipity

    Designed with an integrated consideration for the health and comfort of the occupants and the protection of the earth and the environment, this home is solar passive, sustainable, energy efficient and simply divine. Constructed with the finest craftsmanship and combined with a harmonious balance...
    Milton, NSW 2538
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    Dromhus

    The house was designed by Paul Dolphin Designs as his family home. Paul is a Sustainable Building Designer and the house is designed to showcase how specifying the correct materials can result in a sustainable house at no extra...
    Malua Bay, NSW 2536
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    Eco house – Margi and Charlie

    This two bed one bath home was built with stawbale for its unique insulating properties.  Orientation of the main living areas towards the north, to allow the sun in in winter, and not in summer. Thermal mass to store the heat from the sun in winter, and “coolth” in summer Timber framed...
    Lynton, SA 5062
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    The rare gem unit

    This modern two bedroom passive solar home was built for comfort and universal access. Fixed Sun Control Louvres  are fitted along the North facing windows which keep out the Summer sun and allow the Winter sun to penetrate deep into the home, thus keeping a comfortable temperature. Twice a...
    Mandurah, WA 6210
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    HayDaze

    HayDaze is built with straw bales in octagonal shape with recipricol roof. Both load bearing, post and beam construction with mezzanine upstairs that overlooks the ground...
    Jandakot, WA 6164
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    Blinco St. Ecohome

    Our Blinco street echome, was kickstarted up after we completed a landmark course in Nov, 2014. It inspired us to clean out the trash and mindfully dream up a passion project which could also put a roof over our heads. Our vision was to create an active & adaptable solar passive home. We...
    Fremantle, WA 6160
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    Sixties 'Retro-fitted' Home Improvement - Burwood

    We saw potential in this 60s brick veneer: easy access to amenities and public transport, good solar access, and a workable floor plan. Since purchasing it in 2014, we've removed gas from the property, and installed energy efficient appliances, a 8.4kWh solar array with Enphase microinverters,...
    Burwood East, VIC 3151
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    Berkeley Castlemaine

    This three bed and two bath home has been renovated with passive solar design principles in mind to maximise the winter sun and cooling breezes. Using recycled yellow box hardwood timber for the flooring and highly insulated ceiling, walls and floors.  Structural insulated panels have been used...
    Castlemaine, VIC 3450
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    Hami Hill Sustainable Home

    We wanted to show you how an ordinary bloke could transform an ordinary house into an inspiring sustainable home using nine key strategies. Chris explains: 1. Create a clever house and garden – we transformed our home so that it doesn’t guzzle water, leak nutrients,...
    Hamilton Hill, WA 6138
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    Ron n Rita's Wanneroo rural house

    This house on a rural property in Wanneroo, north of Perth, was owner-designed and built in 1990. It features a north-facing passive solar design with shade provided in Summer by grape vines. Its limestone exterior, brick interior and slate floors provide a high thermal mass. A wood stove with...
    Wanneroo, WA 6065
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    Rosemary Lane

    This early 1980s brick veneer house has been renovated and extended with sustainable design principles. Orange is generally a cold climate and heating is a priority. The existing house has been re-planned to maximize northern sun. Like many houses of this age, the house originally had living...
    Orange, NSW 2800
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    Earth Sheltered house Quindalup

    Our house is an Earth sheltered steel tunnel structure that has been used in the mining sector for around 75 years. The massive corrugated steel panels are bolted together with 2000 high tensile 22mm bolts and nuts. The entirety of the steel structures weight assembled, is 19 tonnes. The whole...
    Quindalup, WA 6282
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    Clare and David's home

    Our home design takes full advantage of the magnificent outlook across the Woodford valley. The design incorporates features that minimise energy use without compromising...
    Woodford, VIC 3281
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    Trentleck House

    Famiy home with solar, wind and hydro power. solar hot water and wood fired hydronic heating.  paddock to plate philosophy with fruit, veggies, chooks, cattle and bees. alpacas for wool.

    Talk on hydro, solar, wind 1030-1130

    Narracan, VIC 3824
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    Inner-urban-eco-upgrade

    Progressive renovation of an inner suburb brick veneer house from 2013 to 2016 by installing R5 ceiling batts, R2.5 under floor batts. All windows upgraded to Kommerling Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride frame with double glazing. Weatherising flooring end gaps. Enclosing external hot water cylinder...
    Glenorchy, TAS 7010
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    Organic Living

    This is an owner build and designed solid timber house. The aim was to design a self performing house which is comfortable for living, blends into the environment in terms of material use and architecture, is simple, pleasing and timeless to the eye and contains the least embodied energy (CO2),...
    Sheffield, TAS 7306
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    Nappa Merri House

    The house was built in 1986 on a 1.86 ha block sloping downhill towards the North,   and built with a N-facing orientation.  The majority of the window surface  is facing North, allowing maximum entry of light and passive solar heating in winter.  A 1.5 m wide pergola on the N side is covered...
    Woodford, VIC 3281
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    Green Living Centre

    Drop into the Green Living Centre at 218 King Street on Sunday 11th when we will showcase the materials used in our sustainable shopfront renovation.

    Local award-winning sustainable interior designer Tracy Graham, who designed the...

    Newtown, NSW 2042
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    Oak Lodge (hydro)

    The main feature is a "grid connected" multi stage micro hydro system consisting of 4 turbines of which it takes only 1 turbine  to provide the whole properties power. The hydro power is grid connected via a SP Pro inverter with battery backup hence is capable of being an off grid system if need...
    Narracan, VIC 3824
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    CERES EcoHouse

    Full retrofit of a typical inner Melbourne home and land addressing a broad suite of considerations for more sustainable living. Features for energy: solar passive re-design, thermal mass, solar pv & hws, EV, hydronic & geothermal heating/ cooling, energy efficient appliances &...
    Brunswick East, VIC 3057
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    Trigg House

    This sustainable home in Trigg was designed specifically as a long term residence for a mature aged couple. The home is both comfortable and easily accessible for them, whilst still providing room for their much loved grandchildren. Universal access was a key feature of the design, not only to...
    Trigg, WA 6029
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    Heritage renovation and garden

    To renovate their 110 year old brick home, Jane and Mark insulated under the floor and in the ceiling, stripped out internal fittings (floor coverings, curtains, etc.) and gutted the back 1/3 of the house. Keeping the same building footprint, the renovated area is now open plan kitchen and living...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    Bro Joe's Shed (jasmine and honey scented)

    1 A biogas plant for summer cooking with methane (see pic) 2 Water management: 2.1 An external winter shower on the paved and trellised N side 2.2 An external summer shower in a banana circle on the S side 2.3 All grey water from the inside (kitchen) sink, winter and summer shower go to the...
    Logan Village, QLD 4207
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    Myrtleford Eco House

    Our house was built in 2008. The land was selected because of the northerly aspect and house designed to take full advantage of the winter sun. The house incorporates large double glazed windows to take full advantage of the views and...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    Blackwall Reach Parade Residence

    Please visit our custom-designed home with loads of sustainable features including:
    • Weather station – this monitors the external temps, wind speed and direction, humidity, rain,  sun position, ambient light etc  this info is then used to manage the rest of the homes’...
    Bicton, WA 6157
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    Prefabricated Folding House

    FOLD PACK PAVILION Prototype is a small project that set about to test a big idea. The Pavilion is distinctly innovative in that all its complete elements (floors, walls and roofing) are completely constructed in the factory, folded down for cost-effective delivery and then folded out on...
    Belmore, NSW 2192
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    "Convertible" House at Stringybark

    The unique design of the convertible house with its barrel vault ceiling gives a small space a big feel. The aim was to create a home that had minimal impact on the environment through the use of good orientation for passive solar gain and use of the natural resources available on site - rainfall...
    Scarsdale, VIC 3351
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    The Rammed Earth House

    Tours Morning - 10.30am - 12.30pm Afternoon - 2.00pm - 4.00pm Tour participants need to register here for tickets, maximum 20 people per session. Part of the proceeds from Garden to Table...
    Charlotte Bay, NSW 2428
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    The Tall House - Beaufort

    The Tall House - Beaufort was designed with passive heating/cooling in mind like most sustainable houses, but what sets it apart is it’s cradle-to-cradle/ whole of life cycle design philosophy. It is extremely comfortable to live in and is built to last. The house is exceptionally high...
    Beaufort, VIC 3373
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    Linard House

    Ultra modern house utilising sound environmental design, modern building materials and technology to create a bush fire safe haven in Greendale. Building Materials & Insulation All internal & external windows are double glazed in hardwood panels with powered metal shutters. The...
    Greendale, VIC 3341
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    Myrtleford Piazza SHD Fair

    Before touring local open houses, stop by Myrtleford Piazza to collect your map and check out displays from sustainable businesses. Nearby open houses are:
    • Myrtleford Heritage Renovation - ideas for upgrading an existing home with sustainable features
    • Myrtleford  Eco...
    Myrtleford, VIC 3737
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    Bailey Residence

    This classic country home has been built with 3 key ideas in mind, minimal energy impact, fire safety and pleasure of use. This home is insulated such that heating and cooling will be required less than 10 days a year, effectively reducing the energy impact otherwise required. This is...
    Picadilly, SA 5151
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    NEAThouse Dodges Ferry

    Each NEAThouse is beautiful to look at and to live in as well as economical to heat and cool and our  'NEATbox', is no different. We prioritise the use of natural and sustainable materials and materials that are free from any harmful chemicals or effects. Where possible, we source building...
    Dodges Ferry, TAS 7173
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    Albion Eco-Living Centre

    Sustainable House Day is a great excuse to check the Albion Eco-Living Centre- a fine example of a sustainable retrofit. You can also hear our...
    Sunshine, VIC 3020
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    Monika's House

    This house is a passive solar house. 80% of the glazing is located at the northern side to collect solar radiation, which is stored within a 120 dark tiled concrete slab and interior concrete block wall. The building envelope is highly insulated, R7 in the ceiling, R5 in the walls and R3 under the...
    Geilston Bay, TAS 7010
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    The Treehouse

    The owners of this award winning house wanted a sustainable home that would cater for their growing family, a separate granny flat for overseas visitors all with a tree house feel. The site in North Narrabeen that had lots of established trees, views to the coast and was very steep, sloping away...
    North Narrabeen, NSW 2101
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    'Beach House'

    Note: The following sustainability professionals will be onsite between 1:30 - 3:30pm to answer any questions regarding 24 Naylor Street or any other questions:
    • Janik Dalecki: Principal of Dalecki Design Building Design and designer of 24 Naylor Street who specializes in sustainable,...
    Beaconsfield, WA 6162
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    Sea Mist

    Kate and Stephen’s early vision to live sustainably has been a long and enjoyable evolution from designing Permaculture landscapes & reaped the rewards, to designing and building solar passive homes. They have incorporated many sustainable practices and technologies into their home, a labour...
    Warrnambool, VIC 3280
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    Naremburn House

    Strategic sustainable design was critical to the realisation of the Naremburn House, as the owners desired to reside in the dwelling for the long term. Holistic design decisions were made around the materials and finishes, fittings and fixtures, services systems and technology interfaces. Products...
    Naremburn, NSW 2065
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    Kyneton Retrofit

    WELCOME, we’re Brian and Silvana, and we’ve always been interested in (and mostly employed in) sustainability related roles, and try to minimise our environmental footprint. In May 2014, Silvana started working in Gisborne, which increased our environmental impact, because of the need to...
    Kyneton, VIC 3444
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    Strawbale Farmhouse in Riddells Creek

    1998: We were inspired to build our own Strawbale house after attending an alternative house tour in Beechworth. We loved the soft organic curves of thick (60cm) strawbale walls, being able to create deep-set windows and niches, the "do-ability" & insulation qualities of this building method...
    Riddells Creek, VIC 3431
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    Sustainable House Holland Park

    The renovation of Gill St, Holland Park, began the day we took ownership of the home back in 1998. The investment was broken up into five main chunks to spread out the expense. The red asbestos roof, daggy décor, and lack of garage and perimeter garden meant that the house was on the market...
    Holland Park, QLD 4121
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    Hamilton Hill House

    The renovation to our old house has been designed around passive solar design principles. The rear of our home is angled at 45 degrees to promote cross flow ventilation and make the most of the winter sun in summer. Large north facing windows and sliding doors which allow sunlight to build heat...
    Hamilton Hill, WA 6163
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    Dalam Pokok

    This home was designed and built by the owner for ease of construction, maximum comfort, aesthetics, minimal energy usage and maintenance, low toxicity, least impact on the building site, acoustics, aspect and end of life considerations.The goal was to demonstrate to others that homes could be...
    Redlynch Cairns, QLD 4870
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    Goolwa House

    The underlying principle of this house is that it will provide a low maintenance beach house that will be used in the first instance as a weekend retreat and later become a permanent dwelling. It is located in a highly corrosive environment 250 metres from breaking surf. The southern (rear)...
    Goolwa, SA 5214
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    Sustainability Hub

    This ageing Federation style semi-detached cottage has been renovated and revitalised in a demonstration of sustainable renovations on a budget. The cottage has undergone an amazing transformation to showcase sustainable design features in an operational office. The renovations align with the...
    Chatswood, NSW 2067
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    Tim & Kerri's Grapetree home

    As builders of custom designed homes, we have built several energy efficient homes for clients over the years. However, this home, situated on a rural property at Grapetree, was built as our own residence. Our aim was to construct a 'long-term' home which was energy efficient, provided high levels...
    Grapetree, QLD 4352
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    Aspect Maximiser in Maleny

    This house is primarily designed to be a passive solar house, with emphasis on maximising winter warmth. The following all contribute:

    Selection of north facing site. House layout and window positioning. Window type and size, and glazing type. Breezeway and chimney...
    Maleny, QLD 4552
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    Eco Living Centre

    The HP Barr Community Centre was retrofitted as a part of the Eco Living Project in 2011 to demonstrate sustainability practices and retrofits which can be applied in houses. The community centre is still used for sporting events and hired by community interest groups. The upgrades and retrofits to...
    Wangaratta, VIC 3677
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    The Woodend Winter Palace

    The brief for this new build was to build a 'family home' of generous room proportions and a flexible layout.  It was intended to have general mass appeal so as to make re-sale easy.  It needed to stand above the products delivered by the local 'volume' builders, but cost control was...
    Woodend, VIC 3442
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    Anne Road Strawbale House

    Dave and I discussed straw bale building on our very first date and this winter we moved in after years of owner building!  We wanted to have a small environmental footprint so the building process ended up meandering into all sorts of extra details that reduce our energy consumption along the...
    Woodend, VIC 3442
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    MAAP HOUSE - The Merewether MAAP 03.01

    Our house features an adaptable design that will allow home owners to build using a small initial foot print and be able to easily extend if required in the future. Being a Hybrid, flat pack - modular house we greatly reduce waste by building all the major components in a factory. Our floor and...
    Woodberry, NSW 2322
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    City Greening: house of 2 gardens

    Tickets to this house have all been reserved! Visit our house, built on a former food garden tended by a neighbouring family. This cultural value and our passion for food growing inspired our joint design that makes the most of the small block. The house sits back from the...
    Highgate Hill, QLD 4101
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    Cutlers - TS Constructions

    Named after a local surf break, Cutlers is a beautifully designed and built 8.2 star single story home. This carbon neutral, energy and water efficient coastal home sits within the top 1% of sustainable homes in Australia and...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    The House that Beth Built

    Small urban block with north south orientation Krammed straw, radially sawn timber and colour bond steel walls Rammed earth floors and plywood and recycled chipboard internal wall cladding Recycled materials in finishes including mosaic, pressed metal, redgum timber...
    Stratford, VIC 3862
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    Jack and Juneen's house

    House of residence: owner built started in March 2008 finished in October 2010. The house is oriented towards the north for maximum light and warmth during the cooler months. All floors, walls and ceilings are insulated. All windows are double glazed. Wooden floor in living area is sealed with a...
    Walkerville, VIC 3956
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    Turret House

    The Turret House began as a humble 19th century miner’s cottage comprising two hip roof sections and a skillion section at the rear.  In approximately 1990, the skillion section was demolished and a new hip roof section was added comprising an open plan kitchen/living...
    Ballarat East, VIC 3350
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    Silver Tree Steiner School

    Silver Tree Steiner School is set in 25 acres of stunning bush land in Parkerville just 40 minutes to the city of Perth. The school was founded in response to a common aim of parents who wished for their children to receive a Steiner Education in the Perth Hills. Founded in 1997, the first...
    Parkerville, WA 6081
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    Renovator's Delight

    The Renovator's Delight was purchased in Jan. 2015. The 1960s brick veneer home was in much need of some TLC. So we gave it a complete make over and recycled many of its original features. All windows were replaced with PVC double glazed units. We also slightly remodeled the house layout. The...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    Hemp Cottage

    This is a farm property being renovated for a bed and breakfast.  It is a refurbishment and retrofit of an existing cottage which originally dates from the 1890s. The rear part of the cottage has been retrofitted with hemp-lime walling for thermal properties, with a veranda added to shield from...
    Spring Hill, VIC 3444
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    Brown Hill house

    14A is at rear of 14.  The house is designed under passive solar principals facing due North, with emphasis on correct placement of double glazed windows, extensive use of insulation, concerted effort in gap sealing and inclusion of thermal mass. The exterior wall cladding is 100 mm thick...
    Brown Hill, VIC 3350
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    E-habitat

    This owner builder 'tree-house' family home was built around large established peppermint gum trees to preserve a Koala corridor on the edge of town in Foster. Built in 2010, it is a passive solar modular home designed by architect Giles Newstead. For detailed design and build specifications,...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    Aerie

    In a rural living zone, at Toto Court, off Yellow Brick road, our house acquires a municipal fantasy. Despite the storybook idea, the main influence for this architecturally designed house is its setting. Not quite at the top of the hill, but close, and with a full frontal slope displaying a work...
    Foster, VIC 3960
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    South Perth House

    Ours is a large family home that was designed to cater for a family of five, and extra house guests when required, as well as providing completely accessible facilities. We also wanted to use materials that would be low maintenance, long-lasting and provide energy efficiency. To achieve this,...
    South Perth, WA 6151
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    Hacienda Verde

    10 Star-Energy Efficient-Zero Carbon Residence Green Gateway Services PTY. LTD. will unveil its completed 10 star energy efficient, zero carbon residence, located at 409 Marrinup Drive, Yallingup in November of 2016. The Director of Green Gateway, Todd Mason,...
    Yallingup, WA 6282
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    Tolmans Hill House

    Completed in February 2015, this north-facing, passive solar pole home in Hobart's cool temperate climate has high levels of insulation, excellent cross ventilation and some thermal mass. On a very steep slope, the house was designed for multi-generational/disability access throughout. It has a 3...
    Tolmans Hill, TAS 7007
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    Fiore by Psaros

    Be among the first to see a showcase of one of Perth's most sustainable apartments! A range of initiatives will be showcased including a demonstration of how to establish...
    West Leederville, WA 6007
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    Peter and Natasha's strawbale home

    We are located 10km out of Bacchus Marsh, and we like to think of our home as ‘the house that love built’. As complete novices, we started building our strawbale house in October 2008, and with over 90 people helping us build (mainly family and friends) we obtained our Certificate of Occupancy...
    Merrimu, VIC 3340
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    Solar Skillion Sleepout

    Howard and Bernie had an energy efficient sleepout designed and built that is attached to the existing house by a covered walkway, forming part of a complex of four buildings. New buildings are solar oriented and follow the four golden rules of good design related to sunlight, open spaces,...
    Benalla, VIC 3672
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    Clearwind

        The house was built under a pre-existing hayshed with all the advantages of living under a huge roof which include fire safety, generous water catchment, and protection from summer sun, not to mention masses of storage area and no need for separate garages. We have 12 solar...
    Glenhope, VIC 3444
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    Element Builders Sustainable Display Home

    This 204 square metre home for a family of four is situated in the suburb Woodbridge on a rear sub-divided lot. It consists of 3 bedrooms, a home office/study, with spacious living areas connected to an outdoor pool and covered deck. The floor plan is based around a series of self-contained...
    Woodbridge, WA 6056
  • Napier Crescent - A Step Closer

    Since the SHD last year, this house has undergone a renovation and extension to accommodate the family for the future. This year's project has built on several small scale improvements previously made to this 1960s brick veneer house. With exceptionally good bones, in terms of orientation and...
    Essendon, VIC 3040
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    Satori

    The Satori (meaning intuitive illumination or awakening) display home boasts a 9 star energy rating placing this home far above any other display home built in the Toowoomba region. The Satori is not only ‘GreenSmart accredited’ and has incorporated many adaptable features...
    Middle Ridge Toowoomba, QLD 4350
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    Anne's Garden

    Anne is opening only her beautiful garden for Sustainable House Day.  It will be worth the visit. Anne has lived in this 1850s terrace house for 16 years. When she first bought it, it had been used as a rooming house, complete with seven numbered bedrooms, one cold-water tap, no hot water, and...
    Fitzroy, VIC 3065
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    White Pebble House

    Come visit the White Pebble house, the winner of the Best Ecological Sustainable Design for Bayside in 2015. Tours will be conducted at 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm & 3pm and limited to 35 people per tour. Tours can be booked soon contact shd@ata.com.au to register your...
    Hampton, VIC 3188
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    Strom House

    Classical solar passive thermal mass house. Traditional Scandinavian dew point control and PassivHaus ventilation. North face of house is rotated 40 degrees to long side of block. Backyard at front of house block. Radiant heat control eave of 4m overhang. Light and warmth of 45sqm of Nth facing...
    Wright, ACT 2611
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    Getting There

    The home is located in the beautiful South Coast region in the "Beyond Today" award winning development for sustainable living. The Beyond site is 90ha, 30ha of which is dedicated to housing with the remaining 60ha consisting of wetlands and forest. The home is designed to work with the...
    Hayborough, SA 5211
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    Murmungee Passive Solar House

    Seven years ago the owners built a passive solar house that was energy efficient, warm in winter, cool in summer with a fire safe garden. It was designed to suit them in old age with bathroom catering for disability, minimum steps and single level. Hebel was chosen for its insulation qualities,...
    Murmungee, VIC 3747
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    Phil and Donna's Place

    After designing, admiring and seeing the benefits of passive solar designed homes, we decided we needed to build and live in one ourselves. The outcome? Our home – a simple, no-frills approach to passive solar design, relying on core principles...
    Mundaring, WA 6073
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    Johnson St Ballarat house

    The passive heating and cooling elements into the house extension include room orientation, north facing windows for sun, cooling cross breeze in the living area during summer, flexible shading on north side, thermal mass, double glazed windows, and door and window seals to limit undesirable air...
    Ballarat, VIC 3350
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    Wangaratta New Sustainable Build

    Built new in 2015, this two storey home located on the outskirts of Wangaratta has considered the practicalities and efficiencies of living sustainably. The house is orientated for maximum winter gain, with windows and eves being calculated doe the applicable size to suit seasonal months of the...
    Wangaratta, VIC 3677
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    Wakarara

    After inundation of their Brisbane home in the 2011 floods, Chris and Marlene Norris sought higher ground. Resilience was at the forefront of their minds when they commissioned the design of their new home at 670 metres above sea level on the edge of the Great Dividing Range, not far from...
    Grapetree, QLD 4352
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    Bundanoon Net Zero Cottage

    Designed to eliminate dependence on harmful energy sources and meet our housing and energy needs with as little negative health and environmental impacts as possible in an affordable way. The building is a single story 2 bedroom detached cottage of 108 square meters. Built to demonstrate that...
    Bundanoon, NSW 2578
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    Willowdale Community Place

    The home is designed to achieve a very energy efficient 8 star NatHERS rating and achieve a Silver level LHA rating. The home will be used as a hub to  provide a meeting place for the local community and a place from which to run community programs and environmental initiatives. The home was...
    Leppington, NSW 2179
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    Arden

    Arden is a former farm cottage that was moved into town in the 1920s. The current owner purchased the house 10 years ago and began the task of converting the backyard into an orchard with a kitchen garden, chickens and bees. Solar panels and water tanks were also added. There is one rule - nothing...
    Stratford, VIC 3862
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    Green Roof in the City

    From the street, the white-painted brick three-storey 1950s block of flats in St. Kilda East looks pretty similar to its neighbours. But head up the back stairs to the roof and a surprise is in store – a verdant surprise, waving gently in the breeze. Come and visit the 646 square metres of...
    St Kilda East, VIC 3183
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    Girards Hill House

    I bought my WW2 era weatherboard cottage 15 years ago and am gradually renovating it to make it more comfortable and sustainable. It is now more liveable and I save about $3000 a year on power, water and gas after installing solar hot water (replacing gas), a 1.1kW solar pv system, smart...
    Girards Hill, NSW 2480
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    Camp Hill House

    Although built in the 70's, this brick veneer has been kept energy efficient with installation of double glazing , a 4.5 kw solar array , and heaps of insulation. My philosophy and home has been built around being as independent as possible, and to live as cheaply as possible (sorry, I meant...
    Drouin East, VIC 3818
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    Earthship Ironbank

    Come and visit our Earthship that has been designed and constructed for its climate and self sufficient in electricity and water. Built by the community with natural and recycled materials - approximately 1000 car tyres rammed with earth used for load bearing wall construction.it also has an...
    Ironbank, SA 5153
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    Contemporary Straw Bale House

    We owner built our passive solar medium sized strawbale house starting in November 2008.  We have been living there very happily since February 2011. The house is orientated to the true north with longer west –east axis for heat penetration. The bulk of glazing is on the North with very little...
    Buninyong, VIC 3357
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    The Siding

    Community of mixed apartments and townhouses sharing communal gardens and bike storage. Extremely high energy efficiency (9+), Gold eTool rating, rain water capture and reuse, PV systems, solar hot water, single garage with provision for e-car, use of reverse brick veneer, double-glazed windows,...
    Lathlain, WA 6100
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    Little House on Little Howard Street

    Situated in a Fremantle heritage precinct, sandwiched between Wray Avenue and South Terrace, "LittleHouse18" on Little Howard street is an owner build project that sets out to combine the challenge of building a contextually compassionate new home with a myriad of sustainable attributes. In a tiny...
    Fremantle, WA 6160
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    Passive solar house

    Our 7.9 star rated home incorporates passive solar design elements such as:east-west orientation with adequate eaves and large north windows, double-glazed windows, high levels of insulation and use of green energy bricks. We also used recycled materials such as bricks, flooring and pressed metal...
    Kerang, VIC 3579
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    Maybeoneday

    With our home we have tried to use locally sourced and recyclable materials as much as possible. This includes secondhand windows and doors, locally sourced and recycled timbers, locally produced Rockcote paint and an up-cycled kitchen. The small house has been designed to extend as the family...
    Eumundi, QLD 4562
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    Greenwood Green

    Our 1973 home on 600sq metres was a typical suburban northern suburbs Perth home when we bought it 20 years ago. One main feature we wanted was that it was north-facing so we knew we would have reduced heat from the east and west in summer, and plenty of warming northern light in winter.  It has...
    Greenwood, WA 6024
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    Strawbale on Yates

    Light filled, airy and comfortable architect-designed, owner-built, timber framed, lime rendered strawbale home on a 12 acre bush block. Split level design to connect with nature outside. Passive solar where site orientation allowed. Thermal mass with concrete slab, rendered brick chimney...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Dibbler House

    A relocated gem...originally a church in Bunbury, later an op-shop & finally bought on eBay!...the current owner trucked it to its new location, before painstakingly restoring & extending it. Built predominantly of recycled materials, it's latest incarnation is a stylish family home with a...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Fair Harvest

    Fair Harvest is a commercial venue set in a retrofitted farm shed, the building is used to host events related to sustainability. The aspect of the shed has been cleverly changed from Eastern facing to Northern facing and the combination of insulation, window glazing, curtains and fans has...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Marrickville Hempcrete House

    Please note that there is a local market near this house at Addison Rd Community Centre. The patrons of this market often park cars on this street and availability of parking can be limited. The Marrickville Hempcrete house is an...
    Marrickville, NSW 2204
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    TS4 Living Lochiel Park House #3

    This is the third home to be developed at Lochiel Park Green Village by TS4 Living, the team behind Australia's first designed and built Zero Carbon House (winner of the SA Government Zero Carbon Challenge) and demonstrates what is possible on a small...
    Campbelltown, SA 5074
  • Sustainable Food Garden at Moss House

    The real sustainability means growing your own food. It saves millions of litres of water used to grow crops and reduces the use of fossil fuels, which otherwise power the farming machinery, transport and cold storage of food.

    Denistone, NSW 2114
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    Cat and Gary's House

    This extension upgraded a 1920s Edwardian home to a sustainable dwelling with fun built in. Setback at ground level to provide space for an outdoor deck connected to the living zone, the upstairs bedroom opens onto a large balcony with views back over the old house and a slide down to a sandpit...
    Preston, VIC 3072
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    Strawbale Cottage

    We have built 2 more pods on the property to go with the existing strawbale cottage in Witchcliffe. I built this cottage 2 years ago as an owner builder, with limited building experience the building and a strong interest in strawbale construction. We have recently just poured 2 more concrete...
    Witchcliffe, WA 6286
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    Osprey Waters Sustainable Demonstration Home

    This sustainable demonstration home and sales office was designed and constructed as part of the Mirvac Osprey Waters master planned community, a 36 hectare 407 lot development situated adjacent to the Mandurah Estuary. Constructed from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), the home was built in...
    Erskine, WA 6210
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    Kurrajong Heights house

    Rammed earth house, three levels on 1.6 hectares; mostly natural bush including koalas & wallabies 3 bedroom + office + 2 bathroom & downstairs kitchenette making downstairs a self contained unit with separate entrance. Built 2015 Perfectly placed on the block to take advantage...
    Kurrajong Heights, NSW 2758
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    Exeter Strawbale Home

    This house was built for a couple moving into retirement and is cob and mudbrick inside, strawbale external walls on a concrete stab. The strawbale construction and double glazing work with the northern aspect to create a very liveable home in winter and a cooler environment in...
    Exeter, NSW 2579
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    Yellagonga View

    Double-glazed, passive-house oriented double storey-home with solar panels and heat saving devices, cellular shades and blinds. A apricity room to North provides a boiler room in winter and a heat insulation trap in summer. In the garden are wicker beds plus hydroponics for growing vegetables and...
    Joondalup, WA 6027
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    Honeyeater House

    With a mere 79sqm floor area this award-winning yet humble home is an exercise in pared-back living. The considered design, driven by a desire to eliminate all superfluous elements, (& slash the mortgage!), has resulted in a highly individual & truly affordable space. Simple passive...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    70's house 6.5 star retro-fit

    Built in 1974, our double-brick house has raked ceilings with a 7cm roof space, wooden floors and mainly south windows. Looked great but thermally pathetic. On the up side I chose a design with no east / west windows, a white roof and orientated it with the living area facing (almost) north. Energy...
    Hope Valley, SA 5090
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    O'Connor Dual Occupancy

    These two newly constructed houses on one block are the homes of a husband and wife (in their 70s) and of their son and his family of five people. Both houses are solar passive featuring the sustainable building principles of orientation, insulation, thermal mass and ventilation.The houses are...
    O'Connor, ACT 2602
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    one2six ashton

    One2six ashton is the architects own house and home office, west of Margaret River town, high on a slope overlooking the river valley and national park. The building is on 3 levels, 20sqm cellar, 115sqm ground floor living, 60sqm atelier, 50sqm roof deck. We aimed to make a contemporary and...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Bicton Solar Passive Studio House

    This small house was the realisation of a long held goal to build a solar passive house for myself. I deliberately did not engage a professional architect as I wanted to show that simply adopting the basics of orientation, glazing, thermal mass, shading and through breezes would yield a highly...
    Bicton, WA 6157
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    Panton Hill Sustainable House

    Starting with a house that rated 1.6 stars, concrete block construction on a concrete slab with a flat roof, poor solar access and a Bushfire Attack Level of 29,  we had a lot of challenges with this house. It was hot is summer, cold in winter and difficult (we thought) to update. We decided to...
    Panton Hill, VIC 3759
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    Urban Tilba

    Urban Tilba is 100% self-sufficient for energy with lifetime batteries for home energy storage. The solar system is not your typical solar system it has been transformed into not only a power station it is also work of art. The key features that allow this home to be self-sufficient for energy...
    Seven Hills, NSW 2147
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    River House

    We recently completed our passive solar designed house and home office in River Street, nestled behind the dunes of Carlton Beach and opposite a beautiful wetland leading to the river mouth. The site is north facing, sheltered from strong winds and facing the most beautiful backyard – a nature...
    Carlton, TAS 7173
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    Second Hand Cottage

    OPEN 10-2 HOUSE TALK EVERY 1/2 HOUR (except 12.30pm) 12.30pm SPECIAL TALK "WHAT TO DO AT THE END OF THE SOLAR BONUS SCHEME" The aim of our build was to reuse as many materials as possible, buy second hand or from a sustainable source.  We used eBay, Gumtree,...
    Alexandria, NSW 2015
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    Lister House

    Completed in 2014/15 as a completely new build this largely passively designed house has realised our dreams in combining contemporary sustainable design with suburban family living. We were extremely fortunate to work collaboratively with Tone Wheeler of
    Seaforth, NSW 2092
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    Sustainable Country Style Home

    This net energy positive home includes numerous environmental and social sustainable initiatives, while being architecturally tailored to suit the sloping block and optimal solar orientated to result in a country style themed home in the award winning Bingara Gorge estate. Designed and built by...
    Wilton, NSW 2571
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    Thylogale

    Going off grid in retirement is a dream for many, and reality for this couple who run their house and car from a solar and micro-hydro power system. When Peter and Robyn Tuft decided to make a move from Sydney to Southern Tasmania, they sometimes joked about being climate change refugees –...
    Kettering, TAS 7155
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    Bellairs Avenue

    When Kat and Joel bought their home 14 years ago, it was a rustic old Edwardian shopfront with a train carriage in the backyard. Their shared passion for sustainable living saw them plan a complete revamp of the property, rebuilding a smarter, more efficient home in its place. A recycled brick...
    Seddon, VIC 3011
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    Snug House

    2015 Winner - HIA GreenSmart Energy Efficieny Award (Tasmania) An example of an energy-efficient home design which can be achieved for any new house build on a modest budget. This three-bedroom, single level home uses solar passive design - delivering a comfortable year-round ambient...
    Snug, TAS 7054
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    Greg's Grandpa Flat

    Greg's Grandpa Flat combines a number of environmentally sound principles in a new way. Concrete free means the major polluting element has been removed from this building and replaced with Surefoot footings and Hopleys trusses. Insulfloor and Nutek walls and roof mean a highly efficient...
    Clarence Park, SA 5034
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    Equanimity Foundation

    This private home is a standard narrow-block design by a standard housing construction company - with sustainability taken to an 8 star rating by the owner. Completed in January, 2011, it sits on an 802 square meter block. Many similar blocks in the area are being subdivided, and whilst the build...
    Coopers Plains, QLD 4108
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    Wilderness House

    This hand built bespoke house and studio, set between Margaret River town and Prevelly Park coastline, are situated on 3ha of once degraded farmland purchased in 1987, which is now regenerated with bush and trees for wood production. The building and land development have been an ongoing project...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    The Small House Project

    Walking distance to the main street of Margaret River and a stone’s throw from the farmer’s markets, schools and beautiful organic garden the Small House Project is home to a family of 4 – 6 (depending on who’s around at the time). Designed to adapt to the changing needs of the family...
    Margaret River, WA 6285
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    Alan and Bev's House

    A typical four bedroom brick-veneer home - now 13 years old.  A non-ideal East-West orientation.  Large 1100 squ. metre block.  Retrofit of many 'sustainable' features over last 3 years with the aim DIY and LOW COST.  These features include: ---- Supplementary Winter heating (cold Winter...
    Lake Albert, NSW 2650
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    Gruen Renovation

    The original brick veneer unit did not have any insulation at all and had single glazed aluminium windows. A freezing 0.8 stars rating. Halogen lighting throughout. + old appliances etc. And with some changes to it we have managed to convert the house into a comfortable family home with low bills,...
    Vermont, VIC 3133
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    Blower door house

    Our house has strawbale and rammed earth walls, solar and wood heater boosted hot water, all electric appliances and a 5kw PV system. Insulation is sprayfoam under the roof which spans from the top plate of the walls. On the day we will be demonstrating the use of a blower door or air...
    Yarragon, VIC 3823
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    Energy Freedom Home

    This period family home has been retrofitted for efficiency and has recorded a reduction in gross energy and water consumption of 75%. With PV-generated energy the home is energy positive. The home uses high efficiency induction cooking. Mains gas has been completely removed. The home is the...
    Essendon, VIC 3040
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    Oaks - TS Constructions

    The Cape Display is an 8.2 star energy efficient, all electric double story home featuring very high levels of integrated sustainability. It is the first of 220 homes to be built to this standard at The Cape housing project at Cape Paterson, South...
    Cape Paterson, VIC 3995
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    Chifley Passivhaus

    This house is one of eight in Australia built and certified to the International Passivhaus standard. It features high levels of insulation, thermal bridges free construction and super-airtightness. Independent testing measured an air infiltration rate of 0.1 ACH at 50Pa, about 200 times tighter...
    Chifley, ACT 2606
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    Upper Lucaston Heights

    The property and house site were selected for good aspect (N-NE). it is a small house (130 sqm) with two bedrooms and one bathroom designed primarily for two people. The house size was kept small to reduce materials required and the amount of internal and external maintenance. The building was...
    Lucaston, TAS 7109
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    Greeny Flat

    The Greeny Flat has achieved a number of significant milestones since we opened for SHD2014. In April 2015 we completed our first full year of operation and monitoring during which time the Greeny Flat exported to the grid almost three-and-a-half times as much energy as it imported. We also used...
    Mittagong, NSW 2575
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    One of a Kind Apartments

    The One of a Kind Apartments is an inner-city eco-development that sits harmoniously within its neighbourhood and the environment. The seven modest but artistically finished apartments provide diverse accomodation while meeting the highest standards of comfort. The passive solar design and...
    Dickson, ACT 2602
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    The Backyard House

    This single-storey house was constructed in 2010. It is located in a “shared backyard” setting, which evolved over 25+ years, by a small group of long-term neighbours. The deep blocks allowed for the construction of two new houses at the rear of the existing houses, each of which was designed...
    Clifton Hill, VIC 3068
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    Jaspar's Home

    Come and visit Jaspar's home whose solar panel's provide low-cost electricity, with LED/energy efficient lights replacing conventional globes and roof insulation making the home more efficient. Water tanks provide for all water requirements throughout the house including drinking water. In the...
    St Peters, NSW 2044
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    Castle Mountain

    The owner built house at Castle Mountain is constructed of stone and cypress pine sourced from the property. The kitchen, dining, sunken lounge [with Spin-a-fire] and games area occupy the 20 metrelong, pavilion-style main room with raked ceilings and exposed beams and insulated with iszal and...
    Quirindi, NSW 2343
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    Karrinyup Home

    This home has been built to passive solar design principles, built at the rear of a sub divided block. The location of our home makes the most of the northern aspect. Our home is also designed for universal access with wide doorways and and halls, hobless showers minimal step downs at doorways...
    Karrinyup, WA 6018
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    Hampden Boulders Beachhouse

    Upstairs additional sleeping and living area is available in summer holiday period provides additional winter insulation to the 3 bedrooms and living areas downstairs. Timber framing is packed with fibreglass batts, and then wrapped inside and out with natural wool insulation made possible with...
    Hampden, North Otago, New Zealand 9410
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    Mountain River House

    My 9.0 star house was architecturally designed to utilise the northern exposure in order to maintain a relatively constant temperature within the house year round. Cost saving features such as solar PV panels and a heat pump hot water system help reduce the running costs and the solar passive...
    Mountain River, TAS 7109
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    Illawarra Flame House

    The retrofitted house has been designed to appeal to older clients nearing retirement. Many of these people are "empty nesters" - parents whose children have moved on, and who no longer require the floor space of a large family home. The Illawarra Flame house is perfect for these clients looking to...
    North Wollongong, NSW 2500
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    Woy Woy Bay House

    Originally a fishing shack dating back to the 1950s, there have been extensions in the 1960's, 1970's, and since purchasing the place in 2009 the place has had a deck replacement, interior reconfiguration and sustainability upgrade. A primary goal for the 2011 renovation was to make the house...
    Woy Woy Bay, NSW 2256
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    Bicton Passive Solar Home

    This passive solar home is orientated north to maximise exposure to the winter sun. The large northern windows allow for this winter sun to penetrate the home. The high thermal mass of the dark tiles used in the kitchen, dining and living room, will absorb the heat during the day and release it...
    Bicton, WA 6157
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    Hazelbrook Hempcrete Home

    This house is made from hempcrete (or hemp lime composite) with passive solar design in a predominantly cool climate with occasional hot weather too. The floor plan is divided into three distinct zones, providing good thermal and acoustic control. The house is self sufficient for energy and...
    Hazelbrook, NSW 2779
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    Mulgrave/Wheelers Hill 1970's Retrofit Energy Efficiency

    Come and visit our 1970's home that we have retrofitted to be more energy efficient. Some initiatives we have undertaken include spray foam walls and floor insulation, LED lighting, and retrofitting double-glaze and triple glazed windows. A grid-connected solar system provides a renewable energy...
    Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150
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    Eco Living Display Centre

    The Eco Living Display Centre is a retrofitted building that displays a range of energy saving ideas including solar passive design, thermal mass, hydronic heating, heat pump technology, solar power, battery storage, solar hot water and ventilation (HRV).  You can also see a range of options for...
    Mount Martha, VIC 3941
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    Torquil Canning House

    A late 20th century house designed along passive-solar principals in a spectacular setting in the foothills of Mt Wellington.  This is our grand design, 20 year on. Designed and built in four stages over 20 years, this owner-built house was part owner designed and part architect designed. The...
    Fern Tree, TAS 7054
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    Hemp House and Studio

    Our journey to build our very own sustainable home began when we joined an ecovillage community in Chidlow Western Australia called 'Somerville'. The project was being designed from 2004 to 2010 and was a world first, world class experiment in...
    Mullumbimby, NSW 2482
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    Waterfall Drive

    This is a low cost, fully sustainable home built in 2002. It has a small footprint on a 930 sqm sloping block that posed considerable challenges for the architect. It now produces significantly more energy than it uses, has composting toilets and automatically distributes it's grey-water daily to...
    Jerrabomberra, NSW 2619
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    Eco Home Stirling

    We feel that it would interest people to see our house again after 14 years of use, as a real lived in home. We can demonstrate how we actively manage its sustainable functions, alterations and corrections that we have found necessary (such as re-laying some of the incorrectly installed...
    Stirling, SA 5152
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    Permanora

    Permanora is a sustainable house located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It is a renovated 1960's cottage with both retrofitted and new sustainability features including insulation, passive solar, solar power and hot water, gas appliances, water storage and recycling. There is a...
    Elanora Heights, NSW 2101
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    GOODHOUSE05

    This GOODHOUSE was designed to be a low energy, low maintenance, bright, warm and functional home for a young growing family. The house and carport position required careful consideration so as to maximise the entry aesthetic, solar orientation and useful outdoor space. The building envelope is...
    Littlehampton, SA 5250
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    TS4 Living Lochiel Park House #2

    This home is the second to be developed at Lochiel Park Green Village by TS4 Living, the team behind Australia's first designed and built Zero Carbon House (winner of the SA Government Zero Carbon...
    Campbelltown, SA 5074
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    GOODHOUSE07

    This GoodHouse was designed for an early retiree couple wanting a small footprint house that was low maintenance, functional and above all, energy efficient. Like all of our homes, the house is designed around basic passive solar principles and it is this design...
    Strathalbyn, SA 5255
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    Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability

    The Coal Loader showcases innovation, enables hands-on learning about sustainability in everyday life, and serves as a community meeting point and hub for North Sydney Council's extensive range of environmental and sustainability programs The Coal Loader transforms an ex-industrial site to a...
    Waverton, NSW 2060
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    CSR House

    The initial aim of the CSR House project was to design and build an attractive 8 Star energy efficient home as inexpensively as possible. The project was designed to satisfy three key objectives – to identify inefficient building practices, to establish an ongoing building research facility and...
    Schofields, NSW 2762
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    Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre

    The HAWKESBURY EarthCare Centre will be open on Sustainable House Day. The centre features a solar passive community building and extensive permaculture gardens. Date: Sunday 11th September...
    Cnr Beef Cattle Rd and Campus Drive, Uni of Western Sydney, Richmond, NSW
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    Dave and Phil's place

    Seven years ago we undertook a renovation of our 1969-built suburban home, to extend and to reduce our carbon footprint. Come and have a look around, and see how things are going now - the impact on our utility bills, the actual reduction in resource use, and the pros and cons of the choices we've...
    Bull Creek, WA 6149
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    Restored Edwardian Timber Cottage

    Come and visit the winner of the Bayside Built Environment Awards 2011, Best Ecologically Sustainable Design and finalist Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration. The home was renovated for highest eco-sustainability, while constrained (voluntarily) by the heritage charm of this modest Edwardian...
    Hampton, VIC 3188
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    Eco-Tourism Village Huon Bush Retreats

    At Huon Bush Retreats, we do more than just greenwash. We have designed our business so that there is a net environmental benefit. We achieve this through protection of large areas of natural habitats, careful choice of building materials, a mix of energy sources and neutral water cycle. The...
    Huonville, TAS 7109
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    Wandiful Produce shed, house, farm

    Tours of the shed, house and farm are being run from the shed at 10.30am & 2.30pm - please call or text to book a spot on 0409 783 012. The farm shed has been partly renovated using salvaged and second-hand materials such as plywood, bricks, timber, doors, windows and tables have been made...
    Wandiligong, VIC 3744
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    Halls Haven

    The house, although in suburbia is totally off grid. It has rain water tanks, a greywater treatment plant and solar systems with off grid batteries that power the whole house. It also has solar hot water. The house has been constructed on a 220 m2 block with energy savings in mind, and is...
    Glass House Mountains, QLD 4518
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    Cloud View

    The house has passive solar design incorporating reverse brick veneer, polished concrete slab, thermal mass in walls including rock filled timber floor, bio paints and Osmo finished timber floor with real lino in kitchen, LED lighting, big ass award winning efficient fan, double glazing, recycled...
    Moruya, NSW 2537
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    Deans Marsh Lime Rendered Straw Bale Home

    The Phillips family home is a lime rendered, strawbale build using solar passive design. Mudbrick internal walls provide thermal mass, as do the earthen floors in the main living areas of both the home and recently completed studio accommodation. A stand alone solar system has provided most of...
    Deans Marsh, VIC 3235
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    Stella Green

    This passive solar designed home maximises the winter sun and natural cooling breezes. Some of the features included are:
    • Polished concrete floor acting as our thermal mass
    • Constructed using Bondors "InsulLiving" wall and roofing system (SIP's)
    • UPVC frames,...
    Mount Gambier, SA 5290
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    SUHOstudio House

    This passive design house requires no active heating or cooling. Built to a low air infiltration rate of 3.6 ACH@50 Pascals using Structural Insulated Panels (SIP); using internal thermal mass, double glazing, ‘coptered’ slab and smart glass with fixed and adjustable shading. These features all...
    Birkenhead, SA 5015
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    Arthur and Tina's Strawbale House

    Arthur and Tina's lifelong dream has been fulfilled. This strawbale home is a long labour of love. Five years in the making. We began in 2010 to face the challenges of building this sustainable home near the sea The 240 sq metres house sits on a slab with infloor solar hydronic heating. Over 700...
    Rosebrook, VIC 3285
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    Barossa House

    This house has been owner built, we have an avid interest in permaculture and through that the house has arisen. The block of land is just under 1 acre with an extensive orchard and vegie patch.We have utilised water catching swales...
    Angaston, SA 5038
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    Trembath House

    Please call on the day - (03) 51861333 - to check the condition of our road.  After rains, sometimes 4W or all W drive is necessary.   We can pick up visitors at the river but you need to contact us to make those arrangements. Our home is...
    Madalya, VIC 3971
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    Janine's House

    Janine's passive solar home features an exposed concrete slab facing North West, narrow build to increase air exchange, awning and sliding double glazed windows on opposite walls for air flow. There is no artificial cooling, all living and bedrooms have two way ceiling fans for winter and summer...
    Warranwood, VIC 3134
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    Wilkinson's House

    This house is being supported by Solar Dwellings. This is the third passive solar house that I have had built, and the most successful by far. Griff Morris has been a great help all the way through the project...
    Harrisdale, WA 6112
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    Sunraysia Institute of TAFE Tower Hill Eco Demonstration Centre

    The Tower Hill Eco Demonstration Centre through effective relationships with organisations such as Sustainability Victoria, Vic Urban, Swan Hill Rural City Council, National Centre of Sustainability, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (SuniTAFE), Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Central Murray...
    Swan Hill, VIC 3585
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    Passive Resistance House

    The Passive Resistance House features a combination of lightweight timber construction and reverse brick veneer, axon skyon cladding and colorbond corrugated iron with a few zincalume panels on the front. Polished concrete to all rooms except bedrooms which are carpeted. Inslab hydronic heating...
    Semaphore Park, SA 5019
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    Alan's House

    This house is primarily a retro fit demonstration for existing/traditional/standard homes that shows what are the cheapest/DIY options to make it 8.4+ stars. Utility bills, building performance data and methodology will be on display:  zero gas, zero mains water, and < 5kW hr electricity use...
    Briar Hill, VIC 3088
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    Selandra Community Place

    An 8-star, zero-energy community place, which promotes sustainable living and demonstrates ways to save money and the environment through 4 key themes: energy, waste, water and well being. Located in the City of Casey within the Selandra Rise residential community, Selandra Community Place is a...
    Clyde North, VIC 3978
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    Sweeney House

    We have grid connected as well as a stand alone photovoltaic system and evacuated tube solar hot water system.The house is brick veneer and 35 years old on 600m2 of land. We have over 10,000 litres of water storage and a dozen or so fruit trees. We have also made various styles of solar cookers,...
    St Clair, NSW 2759
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    Albert Park House

    Our house is a 1930, three bedroom bungalow on a quarter acre block. In 2007 we added a new extension to the back. This lounge/dining room kitchen has a contemporary look though we retained the brick wall that was the original back of the house. The extension is a timber frame with corrugated...
    Albert Park, SA 5014
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    Genesis by the Green Swing - Unit 2

    We are looking forward to opening our home again this year for Sustainable House Day. Even if you have visited before, come and have a look to see how things have changed 3-4 years on, especially the sump community garden has grown and...
    Lathlain, WA 6100
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    Genesis by the Green Swing - Unit 3

    This unit is being supported by Solar Dwellings. This home is part of The Green Swing development. It achieved a 10 star BERS energy rating. This energy rating was achieved by using passive solar design principles, good insulation, thermal mass and the...
    Lathlain, WA 6100
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    Mt Egerton Orange House

    Features of the house include: sustainable materials, insulation, grid connect 2kw solar power system, solar hot water and rainwater harvesting. The house is an organic mix of tried and safe building materials and some welcome newer more sustainable products in a rural urban build within a water...
    Mount Egerton, VIC 3352