In 2014, Small Giants entered a joint venture with the developers of The Cape to deliver one of the most sustainable residential communities in Australia.
The Cape brings together modern architecture, clean energy and community spirit in a unique development. To be completed over multiple stages, the community will feature over 200 houses with a minimum energy efficiency standard across the entire project that raises the bar for sustainable and affordable house design in Australia. The Cape will also feature a specially designed community garden and orchard, a 5000sqm project that makes it one of the largest urban food gardens in Victoria. Residents will enjoy good organic produce, lower food bills, as well as exercise, health and social benefits while working their green thumbs. There will be raised garden beds, a greenhouse, composting areas, worm farms, tool storage, public art, an orchard and poultry.
Small Giants director, Danny Almagor, says that “we look for projects that we think will redefine the way things are done, and The Cape is definitely one of them. We love the project, we really admire Brendan and the others involved, and if you have visited the site, it is impossible not to love Cape Paterson.”
The first house at The Cape was recently completed by TS Constructions and will be open to the public as a display house for the remainder of this year. The house comfortably exceeded the Project Design Guidelines and achieved an excellent 8.2 Star Rating. The home will generate more energy than it uses, will be comfortable in all types of weather without heating and cooling, and will save homeowners significant money through the home’s minimal running costs. The home captures most of it’s own water, generates surplus solar energy for an electric vehicle, and is an example of the quality of sustainable houses at The Cape.
This high level of energy efficiency has been achieved by using a combination of materials and design concepts including the following:
Thermal Mass. The concrete slab design holds and maintains temperature over time, providing a more stable temperature and avoiding the need to artificially heat or cool to deal with extremes. The floor has been polished to a high gloss which assists with light reflection, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Additional Thermal Mass has been added with the inclusion of rammed earth blockwork walls using local sourced gravel and pressed on site.
Solar Photo Voltaic System. A 5.0kW solar photovoltaic system has been installed along with a digital energy monitor to show energy generation and use
Hot Water. A Sanden Air Sourced Hot Water Heat Pump system has been installed which reduces up to 78% of hot water energy needs compared with a traditional system.
Windows. All windows and aluminium doors are double glazed aluminium units with Low-E glazing
Strategic Shading. Fixed pitch, aluminium blade window shades have been installed on selected first floor windows to reduce thermal heat gain in summer while allowing for thermal penetration in winter. On the lower level a timber pergola has been built to achieve the same result.
Insulation. The home has been fully insulated with external walls having R2.5 insulation, ceilings under the roofline are insulated to R5.0 and between floor insulation of R3.0. All insulation is Earthwool bats, which are classified as Zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and Zero GWP (Global Warming Potential).
Airtightness. All windows, doors and openings have a 20mm compressible bead applied between the building frame and the unit, minimising any air leakage. All exhaust fans are sealed units.
Rainwater collection and use. Two 5,000 litre slimline tanks are utilised in toilet flushing and for gardening.
Climate Control. A Daiken Ururu Sarara 7 Reverse Cycle Split System unit was installed to the main living room. This is an industry leading appliance that has a 7 star cooling and heating rating. It is considered a complete indoor solution as it heats, cools, purifies the air, provides ventilation, humidification and dehumidification as required.
Garden Design & Plant Selection. All plant species are native and/or indigenous to the region, require less water and fertiliser and provide habitat for local species.
Vegetable gardens. Raised, water efficient wicking vegetable garden beds in the back yard allow the homeowner to grow food with minimal water, maintenance and effort.
Electric Vehicle Charge Points. Every garage is fitted with a dedicated 15amp Charge point in the garage. This point suits most common brands of EV vehicles including Nissan and Mitsubishi.
If you’re interested in joining this exciting sustainable community, then please visit The Cape’s website www.liveatthecape.com.au or contact our sales agent Lisa Roberts on 0413 265 362.