Sustainable House Day returned to The Cape for the third year in a row on Sunday 17th September, and what a successful day it was!
2017 marked 16 years of Sustainable House Day, a national event organised by the Alternative Technology Association which allows home owners across Australia to open their doors to the public, and provide an insight into some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes. It offers a chance to learn from your peers, gather ideas and inspiration which can then be utilised in one’s own home. These homes are not only environmentally friendly, but also cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in as oppose to your average Australian family home.
Not just one house, but a whole street of smart and innovative sustainable homes will be open to the public at The Cape for National Sustainable House Day, on Sunday 17th September. To celebrate, The Cape team will be hosting a street party to celebrate, with live music, free barista made coffee and refreshments, Q&A with energy efficiency experts, builders and designers, free rides along the Bunurong Coastal Drive in Tesla long range electric cars, tours of Victoria’s most innovative community garden, and much more.
Come and enjoy the event with us at Periwinkle Place, Cape Paterson, Sunday 17th September, 10am – 4pm, and download a program for the day here. Sustainable House Day is a growing national event, with a record number of over 180 new and existing homes opening up across Australia, as more families get on board improving their homes and opening their doors to share their experiences.
It’s no secret that South Gippsland and the Bass Coast are home to an abundance of exquisite food and wine destinations, from the ones set amongst the rolling lush hills to those overlooking the picturesque coastline. When you’re next in the area, it’s a must that you pay a visit to at least one winery - you will not be disappointed. Whilst we could write for hours about all of the activities on our doorstep, we have taken a handful of our favourites to give you the run down on.
Property website RealEstate.com has reported that recent sharp hikes in energy bills are driving strong homebuyer interest in more affordable, energy efficient homes. This is good news for The Cape, which is leading the way as Victoria’s best designed energy efficient housing estate.
Annual energy bills per household are averaging at or above $3000 for Australian households. Speaking with property news group RealEstate.com, WPB Property Group executive chairman Greville Pabst believes sustainable lower running cost homes are the way of the future as the cost of living increases. “If you could demonstrate a house would save you money, I think people would pay for it. If the house could prove it could save $2000-$3000 in bills a year, buyers might calculate that over time and be prepared to pay an extra $30,000 for the eco-friendly house.” See link to the article here.
The Cape is placing our residents well ahead of the game, combining passive solar design, energy efficient fitout and solar power to build affordable homes that have running costs as low as $300 per annum, which is a tenth of the $3000 per annum national average energy costs for an Australian home.
Johanna Griggs and the Better Homes and Gardens team recently spent 2 days filming at The Cape, with the program going to air nationally on Friday 7th July. The 7 minute program showcased three of our energy efficient, comfortable, high quality homes to their viewers, highlighting The Cape as a beautifully designed example of modern sustainable living.
Australia’s premium sustainable housing project, The Cape, in Cape Paterson, has opened its doors to its newest 8.2-star edition, Cutlers. This carbon neutral, energy and water efficient coastal home sits within the top 1% of sustainable homes in Australia. The home features state of the art energy efficient design, construction and fit out, which combines to keep the home beautifully comfortable in all weather conditions, while reducing annual energy costs to as low as $500 per annum, which is around 15% to 20% of the energy costs of a state average home.
Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 565 Kilometres of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 100 Kilometres per hour in as quick as 3.1 seconds. Model X is the SUV un-compromised. Brendan Condon from the Cape took one for a spin along the Bunurong Coast between Cape Paterson & Inverloch this weekend. It looked completely at home at The Cape, and we are sure that we will see some X's residing at The Cape in the not too distant future!
With full time residents now living at Cape, we are kick-starting Club Cape which will function as the body corporate for our residents and provide access to the following year-round benefits, all for less than $1000 per annum.