The house that Highbury Homes and Josh built…
Highbury Homes joined Solar Dwellings and the well-known ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, to build two 10-star rated energy-efficient family homes.
What sets this project apart from many others at the time is that the building designs have achieved a 10-star energy-efficiency rating, while also using affordable conventional building materials and construction methods, which can be easily replicated by industry and the wider community.
The two homes are thermally comfortable all year round without the need for air-conditioning or heating. They generate more electricity than the families’ usage, harvest rainwater, recycle grey water, and share a common garden packed with fruit and vegetables that significantly reduces their grocery bills. The project also demonstrates a more sensitive approach to residential subdivision, maximising the garden area surrounding the homes to allow for natural shading, children’ play spaces and local food production.
Highbury Homes won the following MBA awards for Josh’s House in 2014:
- Most Liveable Home
- Excellence in Energy Efficiency
- Water Wise Award
Find out how we can build a house for you just like Josh built.
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The Compass was designed in partnership with Solar Dwellings to build a sustainable display home with your family and the environment in mind. The Compass demonstrates that it is all about better design, great zoning and comfortable living. We have worked with the environment not against it to create a home that will be naturally warm in winter and cool in summer, energy efficient to minimise household bills.
The Compass also offers a multi-functional and multi-generational design that will grow and change with your family’s needs throughout the years.
More and more people want a home that is efficient and comfortable to live in and will save on energy running costs and greenhouse gas emissions.