The Cape community garden has burst into life this Summer, with a wide range of organic produce ripening before our eyes. Currently our residents are producing garlic, spring onions, basil, over 7 different varieties of tomatoes, zucchinis, pumpkins, beans, coriander, spinach, lettuce, corn and much more. The garden has enough space for 30 gardeners, and last year produced over $20,000 of fresh produce for residents and local charities.
The Cape Sustainable Housing Estate is proving it’s worth in being a great place to escape the heat. Saturday 6th January was a super hot day across Victoria, with regions across Victoria including Cape Paterson experienced temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. We were very happy to have our residents reporting their homes sitting comfortably below 25 degrees all day without needing to turn on their energy efficient air conditioners. This points to a great deal of effort by our designers and builders over many years in raising the bar to deliver better performing, passive solar, energy efficient homes, and our residents are set to reap the benefits.
Homes at The Cape housing estate are currently averaging over 8 star energy efficiency, which is a national first for a housing estate in Australia. This is achieved through employing all the elements of good passive solar design – correct orientation, shading, double glazing, insulation, thermal mass and cross flow ventilation, and highly skilled builders who take extra care to ensure the homes are built to a high standard.