While the hoopla surrounding sustainable community development has quieted, those dedicated to these initiatives have been toiling towards bringing concepts to a reality.
The spotlight has, however, been placed on the green building sector, with a recent spate of green goals coming to fruition – including the development of the world’s first bio-reactive façade and other such green ideas made real – encouraging feasibility above all else when presenting green initiatives.
The green light has been given for the first stage of development of the Cape Paterson Ecovillage, which offers to stand as Australia’s first ever carbon zero housing development.
Of the 220 lots planned for the development, 38 are now available. This also includes the release of eight of the 10 housing design schemes, something that according to the Climate Spectator, offers assurance of the development’s success when many other, similar developments have failed to take off.
Taking sustainable community living to new levels, each of the houses in the village will feature a 7.5 energy efficiency rating. That rating comes as a result of dual on-grid certified Greenpower and solar energy reliance, energy efficient appliances and a 10,000-litre rainwater storage unit.
The housing units have been designed in a way that maximises passive heating and cooling, with interior spaces developed to reach NATHERS comfort standards.
As with the traditional passive house model, this includes an airtight building envelope, shading and glazing measures to eliminate excessive solar thermal gain, and interior-located thermal mass.
The community is, at its most basic root, holistically sustainable, meeting targets in environmental, economic and social sustainability.
According to the developers, the sustainable community was designed to ‘protect your wallet, with low operating costs, as well as your comfort and the environment.’
This key element, according to the Climate Spectator, translates to a price range of approximately $1500-$2500 per square metre. When averaged between the 132 square metre and 177 square metre housing models, setting the housing development costs in the range of the lower end of designer homes.
The newly-released designs portray just that. Varied facade cladding including colourbond and other such panelised cladding, interior features such as rammed feature earth walls and polished concrete flooring give each of the unique housing designs their own individual style while presenting an aesthetic that maintains a highly modern and visually pleasing quality.
In short, these houses look like designer homes.
This development, a national first, is one step closer to completion, which means it is one step closer to setting a brand new benchmark for community living in this country.