A collaboration with AlterEco Design, the project’s goal was to spark conversations that accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. The design is uncompromising in style and environmental credentials proving that sustainable housing is worthy of mass adoption. It’s most popular aesthetic features are also responsible for its sustainable performance. Recycled red brick absorbs winter sun to heat the home passively. Radiant panels, heated by solar powered heat pump hydronics, blend seamlessly into the residence's period details. The charming green roof, together with double-glazed highlight windows, offer northern sunlight and glimpses of native plants throughout the home. It also provides additional outdoor space on the tight inner-city block while providing insulation, reducing storm water run-off and attracting biodiversity. The project was made possible by some amazing local partners including: The Alternative Technology Association, Wood Melbourne, Grüen Eco Design, EcoMad, Cantilever Interiors, Enviro Friendly Plumbing, ElecForce, Bank Australia and eColour Paints.
Size House 100m2, Land 186m2
Net solar energy exported to the community 2.5MW per year, enough to power an average 2BR home for 6 months
Total monthly utilities $45.00 (Peak of Summer, December) $200 (Peak of winter, July). Total annual estimate $1300. A savings of ~$1500 to ~$1800 per year compared to comparable size gas homes.
Photography by Nikole Ramsay