Bellarine Peninsula house

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The Bellarine Peninsula house is situated at the picturesque Waters Edge Terrace on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, and was constructed by local builders Daran Constructions. The home as been deemed by HIA GreenSmart to be Australia ’s most sustainable.

The home as a six-star energy rating and is on a sloping site with river views. One of the major goals for the performance of the house was to maximise the views while ensuring heat loss from glazing was minimised.

Thermal mass is provided by a 50mm screed slab for the main living area of the home.

The roof was designed by the architects with appropriate pitch for rainwater collection and to channel it into one area, rather than have multiple downpipes.

The owner has reported very good comfort, particularly in the winter, and much better heat retention. In summer, the passive solar design keeps the house cool – air conditioning is not used, only fans.

The house won the 2008 Master Builders Assocation Excellence in Housing Award for he Best Sustainable Energy Home category.

Location Bellarine Peninsular, Victoria
Country Australia
Type New construction



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Summary of house features

  • Passive solar design
  • Solar panels, grid interactive
  • Gas hydronic heating
  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater and stormwater harvesting, including rainwater tanks
  • Low toxic joinery
  • Waste treatment system
  • Low power appliances, no airconditioner
  • Double glazing


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  • Builder: Daran Constructions

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