May 4th, 2018: Greeny Flat Available to Rent – Jun/Jul/Aug

Hello again. This week we have some exciting news… we’re making the Greeny Flat available to rent from the 9th of June until the end of August.

Cintia and I will be away working on an affordable housing project in Queensland so we’ve listed the Greeny Flat with the wonderful team at Highlands Property in Bowral.

Here is a link to the listing for anyone who might be interested.

The listing shows the location and some photos of the place (click on the image in the top right to view a little slide show.

Please share this link with anyone who might like to spend the winter in the beautiful Southern Highlands and/or experience life in an energy-positive eco-cabin or just needs a place to live for a few months.

Thanks for your help… we really appreciate it.

Another Example of a ‘Sustainable’ Subdivision

In our Newletter back on March 16th I wrote a bit more about how most subdivisions are typically designed and built with little or no thought to sustainable concepts like energy and water conservation, natural habitats or bringing communities together. I also described how the ‘Design Guidelines’, covenants and controls can actually make it difficult or impossible to build a good passive solar home in one of these developments. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With careful thought and planning a subdivision could actively encourage energy efficiency, water conservation, preservation of natural habitats and a healthy community.

In that Newsletter I mentioned one such development called Khancoban Alpine Estate and this week I’ve discovered another one called The Cape which is currently under construction at Cape Patterson on the Victorian coast.

Artist's Impression of The Cape development.

Artist’s Impression of The Cape development.

Here is a bit of an excerpt from their website…

All homes will feature proper orientation, shading, glazing, insulation and more, to ensure year round comfort and reduce living costs. Your home will retain warmth in winter and stay cool in summer, minimising the need for cooling or heating.

The use of rainwater will increase the availability of clean, fresh water in our community. In addition to mains water, all houses will feature at least 10,000 litres of rainwater storage for use in gardens and toilets, helping to create year-round water security. Excess stormwater will be redirected to collection ponds and filtered back through vegetation into groundwater and natural wetlands.

Each house at The Cape will have a minimum of 2.5 kilowatts of solar energy. Powered by the sun, the community will be capable of creating an annual surplus of clean energy. Electric vehicle charge points are also available for residents who want them.

As a resident at The Cape, you will have the opportunity to grow your own produce in our specially designed gardens if you choose. The café at The Cape’s Community Centre will also offer our residents delicious meals made from the freshest, locally grown produce.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?… Don’t you wish every subdivision was designed and built this way? Perhaps, one day, they will be.

Here’s hoping and thanks for reading.

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