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10 star energy efficient home has zero utility bills

Evening exterior view of the 10 Star Home
View from a distance of the 10 star energy-efficient home front façade
Timber and white theme kitchen area inside the 10 Star Home

This carbon positive coastal home has achieved an impressive 10 star energy efficient home rating and produces more energy than it consumes. The home self-heats and cools, meaning zero utility bills for the occupants.

The home was a collaboration between Clare Cousins Architects and developer The Sociable Weaver and was built with a zero waste philosophy which resulted in just three rubbish bags of waste sent to landfill during the construction period. Now that’s impressive!

Detailed view of the timber and white theme kitchen with countertops
Countertop corner with wall-mounted paint and a potted plant

The 10 Star Home was built at The Cape, an eco village development in Cape Peterson, Victoria and is permanently open to the public as a display home.

I’m loving the materials palette for this project, especially the painted bricks used inside. What’s your favourite part of this project? Comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A bedroom with a wood bedframe and a stump side table
White and timber theme bedroom with an burnt orange blanket
Corner view of timber headboard with a wall-mounted lamp

Sustainability specs:
– 10 star energy efficient home rating
– Solar passive design and cross flow ventilation heat and cool the home
– Thermal mass industrial concrete floors to capture and radiate heat
– Under slab insulation
– FSC hardwood double glazed windows
– Bio-Phase Change Material (BioPCM) insulation in walls and ceilings
– 5 kW photovoltaic solar panels on the roof
– Built to follow Building Biology principles
– Non-toxic and natural sealants and paints
– Zero waste building philosophy
– Energy efficient LED lighting throughout

Timber vanity tops and a wall-mounted mirror
Distance view of the 10 Star Home exterior
From the architect:

Built to give back to nature, rather than take away from it, our 10 Star Home is our proudest achievement to date. This isn’t just a home, it’s a new way of living – a home that encourages living lightly on this planet.

Built with a zero waste philosophy, healthy and non-toxic, carbon positive and 10 star, this is how houses should be built.

The home self-heats and cools (meaning zero utility bills), and produces more clean energy than it needs so you can offset your neighbour’s emissions. A home that is truly comfortable, functional and sustainable.

Images courtesy of The Sociable Weaver. Photography by Dan Hocking

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