Sustainable home designs are now available for free online as Brendan Condon, director of The Cape, Cape Paterson encourages prospective home builders to go green. The Initiative offers 6 individual sets of plans, 5 single storey and 1 double story, which vary according to site size and have energy ratings from 7.2 stars right up to 10 stars....! The 10 star home has been built by Dave Martin of The Sociable Weaver. You may recognise Dave from Grand Designs and Croft House fame.
What is amazing about this initiative is that these homes aren't just prototypes or experimental designs - they are either fully built or currently under construction on 'Australia's most sustainable Street' at The Cape development, Cape Paterson on one of the most beautiful coastlines in Victoria.
These plans are an amazing resource for anyone planning a new home. They use sustainable design principles that will help people save energy & money, no matter where they live in Australia. Those who use the plans as a concept and take them to their own architect to adapt would save at least $10,000, the average cost of the first concept & basic drawings (Department of Industry and Science estimates)
In addition to savings in the design process, the ongoing cost of running a household would be minimised. By building in natural elements like natural lighting, cross-flow ventilation and passive heating and cooling opportunities from the outset, home owners can save on ongoing energy costs for years to come.
If you want to see your next home in the flesh to bring your plans to life - The Cape's show homes are open every Saturday & Sunday from 12noon - 4pm - visit their site and contact them HERE.
Better Homes & Gardens recently ran a feature on The Cape and Joh Griggs was blown away by what she discovered there.