Taking out the 2019 HIA Australian GreenSmart awards for Home of the Year and Sustainable Home, the single-storey, three-bedroom build in Cape Paterson, Victoria was conceived to provide ‘a good example of what you can do,’ according to HIA member Ashley Beaumont.
‘We wanted to provide an affordable, sustainable home that could be built Australia-wide,’ says the owner of the award-winning architecture and building firm, explaining that the design team, consisting of himself, Sharyn Blakemore and Dave Leggett, were determined to create a home that was as cost-effective to build as it would be to live in.
CORE 9, a triumph in modern, sustainable building, is named after the four principles guiding its design: carbon positive, zero waste, recyclability and economics.
Beaumont says the home runs at a net positive, with no electricity costs for a family of four, while solar generation and battery storage have been prioritised for ongoing cost reduction. Similar diligence has been applied to areas such as water efficiency and indoor air quality. These features are customisable to ensure homeowners on a range of budgets can buy their own version of a CORE 9.
‘This house is just a good example of what you can do, but we’ve got lots of different options. So, while this one has 9.1 stars, we also have eight-, seven- or six-star options with different price ranges,’ Ashley says. ‘The big thing for us was affordability. Owners can opt for a seven-star home to meet their budget and it will still be a fantastic sustainable house.'