CONSTRUCTION is almost complete on what could be the most eco-friendly home in Queensland, at Zilzie, just five minutes from Emu Park.
The $495,000 home, being built by Seaspray, is based on a home design which has recently been named best environmentally sustainable home and best new affordable home at the Queensland Building Design Awards.
It has also received eight stars under the Building Energy Rating Scheme (BERS), and is being built by Thomson Homes in partnership with Seaspray Living Eco-Sustainable Homes.
Seaspray marketing director Zel Creswick said the design incorporated an array of innovative features including environmentally responsible building, with unique furnishings, appliances and artwork, while still being stylish.
Ms Creswick said energy and water usage and running costs were expected to be reduced by up to 40% compared to the average home.
“The home will include indoor and outdoor vertical herb gardens, which will drape from the wall in the kitchen and courtyard area. These gardens will add plenty of greenery and will need no maintenance, as they include an internal drip system and will mature with the help of skylights and solar lights,” Ms Creswick said.
“Electricity usage will be reduced through photovoltaic cells and electricity tags which shut down unnecessary standby power, while water will be preserved with a 5000 litre rainwater tank and 300 litre split hot water system.”
Insulation, a whole house fan and floor to ceiling glass doors in all living areas means air-conditioning will not be required.
The home is 213sqm and incorporates four bedrooms, a large open-plan living and dining room, family or guest room and two outdoor entertaining areas.
Ms Creswick said local materials, suppliers and trades-people had been engaged where possible.