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For more information you can visit us at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
or like us on Facebook.com/SouthernGippslandSustainabilityFestival.
This event is proudly sponsored by:
Sunday, 9 April 2017, 10.00am - 2 .00pm
State Coal Mine, Garden Street, Wonthaggi
Sustainability exhibits, advice and displays including:
Energy and water saving initiatives
FOGO launch, managing your waste and recycling
Local produce, food stalls, cheese making and beekeeping
Live music, Reptile Encounters and more fun activities for kids
Sunday, 9 April 2017
10.00am - 2 .00pm
State Coal Mine
Garden Street, Wonthaggi
THE Cape sustainable housing proj-
ect continues to break new ground in the
lead up to the Southern Gippsland Sus-
tainability Festival on Sunday, April 9.
This national benchmark project is a
showcase of modern, high quality, low
cost, carbon neutral living.
The first street at The Cape is being
built out, with eight beautiful coastal
homes finished or nearing completion.
All homes have an average of more
than 8-star energy efficiency, which is a
first for Australia.
Combined with energy efficient fit-out
and operating systems, and solar pow-
er, the homes have running costs as low
as 20 per cent of state average homes.
While Australia is having a strong na-
tional debate around energy costs, The
Cape homes allow residents to decou-
ple from ever increasing energy bills.
Homes have annual energy bills as
low as $500 per annum, but despite
these ultra-low costs, some of the resi-
dents are planning to zero their energy
bills by installing home energy storage
“Once you achieve over 8 star energy
efficiency in a home, you are living in
high performance, sustainable homes
in Australia,” director of the Cape Bren-
dan Condon said.
“What this means is that your energy
bills become very small, and your home
uses shading, glazing, orientation, ther-
mal mass and insulation to stay beauti-
ful and warm in winter and cool in sum-
mer with minimal heating and cooling.
“Once you have experienced that type
of effortless comfort you will under-
stand the attraction of a passive solar
The Cape homes also feature wa-
ter efficient taps and showerheads,
with 10,000 litres of rainwater storage
plumbed into the homes and garden,
reducing water usage.
House designs have eliminated the
use of expensive gas through the use of
highly efficient Daiken 7 star split sys-
tems for heating and cooling, and San-
den heat pumps for hot water, and high
performance induction cooktops. This
combination provides large savings in
avoiding expensive gas usage and con-
“We have been driving a long range
Tesla electric vehicle between the Cape
and Melbourne, charging the car using
surplus energy from rooftop solar en-
ergy systems,” Brendan said.
“Household electric vehicle charge
points generate between 80 and 100km
of range per day, and rapid charg-
ing systems can achieve much greater
“Our research shows a major shift
towards affordable long range electric
vehicles in the next decade in Austra-
lia, potentially saving Australian house-
holds billions of dollars per annum in
avoided petrol spend.”
The first full time residents have
moved in to The Cape, with more resi-
dents moving in to the estate in coming
A large section of The Cape commu-
nity garden is up and running, and has
produced more than $15,000 in food
since the first harvest in September.
More than 600kg of organic tomatoes
have been harvested, and recently The
Cape hosted the first large community
food event, a passata and espresso mar-
tini making day, which attracted over
Walking and cycling paths are now
open, connecting the estate to the town-
ship and allowing for a quick bike ride
or walk to the coast.
The Cape is now attracting visits from
a number of groups to Cape Paterson
from as far away as Latrobe Valley and
Melbourne, including secondary and
university study groups, metropolitan
councils, sustainability groups, the Vic-
torian Minister for Climate Change, and
some of the biggest housing developers
The Cape is connected to NBN with all
homes connected to high speed internet
via optic fibre to all homes, allowing for
super connected home offices.
The Cape also features Victoria’s first
10-star home which is nearing comple-
tion. The ‘Butterfly House’, created by
The Sociable Weaver housing company,
is on track for completion by the start
of June. This home has achieved the
highest standard of energy efficiency
possible, and will be open to the public
from June onwards.
The Cape homes and garden are open
between noon and 4pm every Saturday
and Sunday, and visitors are welcome.
For more information register your
interest at www.liveatthecape.com.au or
call Rahnee at PBE Real Estate on 5674
More than 600kg of home grown produce has been harvested at The Cape.
The best of sustainable housing at The Cape
Cape Paterson residents try their hand at passata making at The Cape.
Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival
Sunday april 9 • 10.00am - 2 .00pm • State Coal Mine
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