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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)

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The unique design of the convertible house with its barrel vault ceiling gives a small space a big feel

  1. New technology in the building practice included mega-anchor foundations – minimal soil disturbance, no trenches and no concrete
  2. The house relies on off-grid solar power and a battery bank with generator backup
  3. Hot water is supplied via solar evacuated tube with gas booster and all waste water from the house goes directly to a worm farm for processing and doesn’t leave the site

2. Prefabricated Folding House (NSW) 

Folding House


  1. All its complete elements (floors, walls and roofing) are completely constructed in the factory, folded down for cost-effective delivery and then folded out on sit
  2. The fold out process can be completed in just a few hours
  3. Homes arrive complete, fully clad, lined and with all services in place ready for site connection
  4. They then expand on fold out to almost three times their transportation size meaning less time on site, which means a substantial reduction in building costs as well as less disruption and inconvenience for the customer 

3. The Tall House – Beaufort (VIC)

Dark Wooden HouseFeatures:

  1. The house is made of recyclable materials and is screwed, nailed and soldered (lead free) together
  2. Wherever glues/paints/sealants have been used they are natural and biodegradable in all but a very few instance
  3. A byproduct of designing a house built with natural materials and finishes for their recyclability and biodegradability is the sensational indoor air quality that follows

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. All timbers used are recycled, FSC or bamboo and all paints are zero or low VOC (“Volatile Organic Compound”)
  3. Rainwater tanks harvest the roof water used for the whole house, a 2.5 Kw PV system provides the houses electricity needs and the solar hot water system with gas boost provides the domestic hot water/hydronic heating

5. ‘Beach House’ (WA)

Beach HouseFeatures:

  1. Located less than 1km from South Beach the home is designed around the principles of solar passive design and is light, bright, with clean lines externally and a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic internally
  2. Steel framed, heavily insulated and double glazed with polished concrete floors throughout providing stable ambient internal temperatures year round and a healthy and pleasant home to live in 

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)


  1. The landscape features locally indigenous plantings and raised planters for food production
  2. “Cutlers” is fitted out with energy efficient appliances including Sanden heat pump for hot water and Daiken Ururu 7 star split system for heating and cooling, which is designed to run without gas or fossil fuels
  3. Providing our residents with comfortable, high quality, light footprint living with low running costs

8. Satori (QLD)


  1. The Satori (meaning intuitive illumination or awakening) display home boasts a 9 star energy rating placing this home far above any other display home built in the Toowoomba region
  2. Time was taken in selecting the building site, seeking to maximise the benefits of the home site’s orientation
  3. 100% of all roof water goes to 1 x 5000ltr above ground tanks, the garden is watered with an automatic trickle irrigation system attached to rain water tanks

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) 


  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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