One complication of this particular build was the need to comply with BAL 29 bushfire zone requirements. ‘We handled all that in our design stage and incorporated it into certain design elements so it didn’t visually impact the home,’ Jeremy says. ‘You wouldn’t know if you looked at it that it was a BAL 29 construction.’
In fact, in some cases, the design team has worked the regulations to aesthetic advantage – the curved lines of the decking, for example, added a certain organic appeal while bringing the structure away from the flame zone.
After a seven-month construction process, the finished home was awarded an energy rating of six stars (without any bonus stars, which is an achievement for a home of this size, Jeremy adds). The owner has been living in the home now for over a year, and Jeremy says it has ‘well and truly exceeded her expectations’ through the changing seasons.
‘She rang me about two months ago to tell me her power bill was less than $200 for the quarter during winter, which is fantastic for a home with an electrically heated pool.’
It’s this sort of outcome that proves just how beneficial sustainable housing can be, and how its importance will only increase into the future, Jeremy says. ‘A sustainable home is a huge part of how we can overcome the ever-rising cost of living. People want to know how they can cut the expense of running their homes, they want to live cleaner and smarter and have a little bit less maintenance and more time to live and enjoy life, so I think sustainable living is the only way to go in the future.’