Beyond 10 stars: what next for sustainable homes?
Luke Middleton is in rare company. He is one of the few
building designers in Victoria who has designed a 10-star energy
Middleton, of EME Design, was a winner in last year's BDAV
10-Star Challenge, working with Greensphere Consulting on a
16-apartment co-housing community that includes a food forest and
orchards, shared rainwater collection and water treatment
He will be one of 20 sustainable designers and architects
available to the public at Speed Date a Sustainable
Designer on February 17 in Melbourne.
The free event, held by the not-for-profit Alternative
Technology Association (ATA) with support from bankmecu, will allow
people who are renovating or building to sit down and discuss their
plans and ideas with experts in green building design.
Middleton said that while aiming for 10-star energy efficiency
in a home was admirable, other considerations were important.
"The 10-star rating is like one colour in the rainbow. You have
to look at many considerations like the habits of people living in
the home, using local materials and less materials overall.
"In the future, sustainable homes will also be more about
building a sense of community and growing food. Food security will
be important in the future."
Tim Ellis, of Timothy Ellis Building Design, is currently
building a 9.4-star house in Daylesford. He says there is more that
can be done to a home beyond the star rating system.
"Use of additional power such as solar power and reduced water
use makes the house zero energy, and this is desirable from an
Speed Date a Sustainable Designer
When: Sunday, February 17, 3pm - 5pm
Where: The Green House, Birrarung Marr,
Cost: Free. Booking essential - limited spots
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