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10 Inspiring Eco-Friendly Homes

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Are you always on the lookout for  ideas to make your home a little more eco-friendly?

Well inspiration is all around you! Here are 10 Australian homes that are energy-saving and environment friendly.

1. “Convertible” House at Stringybark (VIC)

Folding House

Features:

The barrel vault ceiling of this house creates an illusion of space and size. 

  1. New technology in the building practice included mega-anchor foundations – minimal soil disturbance, no trenches and no concrete
  2. The building is completely off the grid and uses solar plus batteries
  3. A solar evacuated tube equipped with a gas booster supplies the hot water

2. Prefabricated Folding House (NSW) 

Folding House

Features:

  1. Each individual component of the house was constructed in a factory
  2. In just a few hours, the fold out process can be fully completed
  3. Homes arrive complete, fully clad, lined and with all services in place ready for site connection

3. The Tall House – Beaufort (VIC)

Dark Wooden HouseFeatures:

  1. Each material in the house was recyclable
  2. All glues, sealants and paints are both natural and biodegradable whenever possible Wherever glues/paints/sealants have been used they are natural and biodegradable in all but a very few instance
  3. Due to the natural materials, there is an extremely high air quality indoors 

4. The Treehouse (NSW)

The TreehouseFeatures:

  1. Winner of the Sustainable Residential Building Award at the Building Design Australia design awards, in August 2013
  2. Recycled wood was used in all timber areas of the house 
  3. Rainwater is collected through tanks that gather water from the roof, while a solar system provides the electricity and hot water

5. ‘Beach House’ (WA)

Beach HouseFeatures:

  1. This house is an example of passive solar design, using natural light and a specific orientation 
  2. Clean lines and a minimalist design are key features of the building

6. The Woodend Winter Palace (VIC)

Woodend Winter PalaceFeatures:

  1. This design has highly efficient ‘built in’ features such as passive solar design, high insulation levels, high quality windows and high supervision of detailing
  2. However with minimum of the ‘gadgetry’ that can be associated with some ‘efficient’ projects

7. “Cutlers” Cape Paterson Display (VIC)

CutlersFeatures:

  1. Local indigenous art is displayed across the environment
  2. Energy efficient appliances are exclusively used throughout the building 
  3. Providing our residents with comfortable, high quality, light footprint living with low running costs

8. Satori (QLD)

SatoriFeatures:

  1. In the entire Toowoomba region, 'Of The Satori' possesses the highest energy star rating 
  2. Careful selection of the site itself was given ample time, as the orientation of the house was crucial to it's passive design
  3. A 5000ltr tank takes 100% of all roof water which is then directed into the garden

9. Strom House (ACT)

House 9Features:

  1. Classical solar passive thermal mass house with traditional Scandinavian dew point control and PassivHaus ventilationRainwater storage tank is under patio with overflow to water banking sump
  2. Kitchen recycled Blackbutt benches and stainless steel preparation areas

10. Honeyeater House (WA) 

HoneyeaterFeatures:

  1. Passive solar design with polished concrete floor as thermal mass
  2. Recycled windows
  3. Energy efficient appliances, recycled/reused furnishings
  4. Composting system, edible gardens, and native species planting for wildlife
  5. Recycled materials used in garden and rainwater harvesting for house use


There has been greater awareness around eco-friendly and sustainable ways of living and it is becoming more and more relevant in transport, construction and waste management. These 10 homes prove that you don’t have to sacrifice modern architecture and style to maintain an eco-friendly and efficient way of life.
To find out more about these eco-friendly houses, head to the Sustainable House Day website.

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