Moonee Ponds house

Mooney Ponds House Kitchen

Owners Glenn and Karen Tempest Location Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation House size Medium, 211 metres squares Land size 468.2 meters squared Design Sunpower Design House features Our Goals Our house was originally a fairly typical inner suburban house – a Victorian era, double-fronted timber home, in a street filled with similar… Continue reading Moonee Ponds house


CH2 building

Roof space with wind turbines, CH2 building

Council House 2 (CH2) is claimed to be Australia’s greenest and healthiest office building. It opened in Melbourne in August 2006 and has set a new world standard benchmark for design and construction of future high-rise buildings. The building is described as visionary with potential to change the way Australia and the world approaches ecologically sustainable… Continue reading CH2 building



Aurora sustainable suburb. Credit:

Aurora is a new suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia designed to provide homes with higher levels of energy and water efficiency. The plan is to build it over 15 years and to have 8500 residences. Aurora is located north of Epping (an outer northern suburb of Melbourne and terminus of an electrified railway line) and south… Continue reading Aurora


Empire State Building green retrofit

NYC Empire State Building. Credit:

Photo credit: Daniel Schwen The Empire State Building is undergoing a green retrofit to convert into an “eco-friendly” skyscraper. Many older tall city buildings have poor energy and sustainability ratings; it is hoped that this retrofit will provide a template for others to follow. The Clinton Climate Initiative is a partner in the project Summary of retrofits “Every… Continue reading Empire State Building green retrofit


Knox Leisure Works

Knox Leisure Works solar panels

The Knox Leisure Works in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs has been retrofitted with a large solar array. The solar array and system was designed by RJM Sunpower; the Clean Energy Council has announced that Robert McCauley of RJM Sunpower has won an Award for Excellence for the “design and installation greater than 5kW Stand-alone power system”. The goal of the project… Continue reading Knox Leisure Works


Knox civic centre

Knox Civic Centre 30 panels generating 5.25kW

The Knox civic centre has been retrofitted with a solar array generating 5.25kW. With abundant roof space, there are plans to double the size of the array next year. Owners Knox City Council Location 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, Melbourne Country Australia Type Sustainable renovation (solar array) Building size Large Phone 03 9298 8000 Email Summary… Continue reading Knox civic centre


60L green building

60L Building streetscape

The 60L Green Building is the the premier green commercial building in Australia, unique in its approach to energy and water consumption, and the use of recycled and re-used materials during construction. 60L shows how we can achieve a commercially viable, healthy, low energy, resource-efficient workplace with minimal impact on the environment. Location 60 Leicester Street, Carlton,… Continue reading 60L green building


Laurimar zero emission house

Laurimar house facade

The Laurimar zero emission house is a demonstration low-energy home built in the sustainable suburb of Aurora, Melbourne by Delfin in partnership with CSIRO. The home will embody the vision of a near zero-emissions house (ZEH) that Australian families can afford: “The house is expected to use 70% less energy than a traditional home of similar size!”[1] The house… Continue reading Laurimar zero emission house