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Is this Australia’s most sustainable display home? The Cape housing project, located on

such as correct orientation, insulation,

‘smart home’ sustainable technologies

Victoria’s Bass Coast, is said to be

double glazing, ventilation, thermal mass

like energy storage batteries and energy

Australia’s most energy-efficient housing

and innovative efficient heating and cooling

management systems. When all are built

development, with minimum standards of

systems. It has been built with inexpensive

to the standard of the display home, the

7.5-star energy efficiency, 2.5 kW solar

materials and actually creates more energy

community has the potential to pocket

and 10,000 L water storage per home.

than it uses.

$500,000 per annum in avoided energy

The >$100 million project, based 1 h

The people behind The Cape are Bass

bills. The project is additionally planning

and 40 min from the Melbourne CBD,

Coast builder Small Giants and project

for the uptake of electric vehicles, with

includes 220 homes, 32 apartments, a

director Brendan Condon, whose vision

EV adoption across the community

conference centre and cafe.

has been to prove that sustainable housing

potentially enabling savings of over $1

The first display home at the

can be affordable. Condon said, “Residents

million in avoided energy and petrol

residential community — a double-storey,

can purchase a 2- to 3-bedroom home,

bills. A 6000 m 2, water-efficient, highly

four-bedroom house — costs only $500

fully fitted out with all the sustainable

productive community garden is also

a year to run, or 15% of the power and

bells and whistles and energy systems,

currently under construction.

water bills of an average Victorian home,

for under $300,000,” he said.

“The methods we have used here

according to analysis by the Alternative

“We have developed a ‘design hub’ of

to achieve these results are able to be

Technology Association (ATA). Built for

sustainable builders, designers and trades

followed by the large-volume builders

$390,000 by TS Constructions, it won

now forming around this project in Bass

across Australia, and we hope our

the Master Builders Best Sustainable

Coast, and all future buyers here will have

project kickstarts a period of innovation

Home, South East Victoria for 2015.

access to this expertise in developing

in Australia’s housing industry,” Condon

The home is rated 8.2 stars for

super-efficient, high-quality, affordable

said.

energy efficiency, fitted with 7-star

homes. Our project is one of the only

“Today we throw out a friendly

heating and cooling systems and employs

places nationally where you can access

challenge to the large developers around

passive solar design, LED lighting and

housing built to these standards.”

Australia to get on board — if we can

solar energy. It is designed to operate

All 220 homes at The Cape will be

do this in Bass Coast, it can be done

without the use of gas and maintains

connected to superfast internet speeds

anywhere. It is undoubtedly the way

a comfortable temperature range in all

through the nbn with optic fibre to the home,

of the future.”

weather conditions, thanks to features

enabling households to take advantage of

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