A few weeks ago, we promised you further info on our upcoming Sustainable House Day event, which is being held on Sunday 16th September between 10am and 4pm. Read on to find out everything you’ll need to know about our biggest event on the calendar.
Organised each year by the ATA, Sustainable House Day provide an opportunity for tens of thousands of people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.
Its official, using gas appliances for cooking, heating and hot water costs a lot more than using efficient all-electric appliances in your home.
Above: One of the efficient all electric homes, designed by Adapt Design Group, at The Cape sustainable housing project, Cape Paterson
A June report from the Alternative Technology Association found that owners will be between $9,000 – $16,000 better off over 10 years if they establish their new home as all-electric with a 5-kilowatt solar system rather than gas-electric with no solar. Best practice Cape homes are using efficient reverse cycle heating, cooling and hot water systems, high performance induction cooktops and solar power. “There is just no reason economically for new homes to be built with both electricity and gas’, according to report co-author and ATA energy analyst Dean Lombard.
The Cape is Victoria’s most sustainable housing estate and is situated only 1.5 hours from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It’s also only 10 minutes from larger regional towns of Inverloch and Wonthaggi where you’ll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants, schools, supermarkets, retail stores, sporting facilities and medical service providers. Everything is on your doorstep when you live at The Cape, not to mention pristine beaches.
Over the course of 2017 and 2018 the Bass Coast area received funding to complete a number of notable projects to help shape a better Bass Coast. Recent funding announcements from Premier Daniel Andrews gave green lights to the rebuild and expansion of the Wonthaggi Hospital and Wonthaggi Secondary College, as well as the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club. Each of the upgrades, which are set to occur within the next 3 years, represent a great outcome for the community and a clear commitment to the area by state government.
Thinking of moving to The Cape? If so, you’ll find yourself in a fast growing part of Victoria, and Bass Coast is attracting the infrastructure, services and education spending to match. This all points to many great options across recreation, sport, learning and education for families moving into The Cape.
Property website realestate.com.au 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. We are in the midst of constructing Stage 2 “Ocean Views Release” which sees the addition of a further 34 home sites for buyers to choose from, but buyers have to get in quick because over 50% are already sold! The Cape is placing their residents well ahead of the game, combining passive solar design, energy efficient fit out and solar power to build affordable homes, many that have annual energy bills as low as $300 per annum - a fraction of the $3000 per annum national average home energy costs. Some of our residents are on track to eliminate energy bills altogether.
Living in Victoria, we are pretty spoilt with the range of destinations to surf and a handful of the top 10 Victorian surf beaches are on the doorstep of The Cape. The area is also home to a bunch of delicious eateries to grab a bite after you’ve caught a wave.
The Oaks is situated only a 3-minute drive from the Cape Paterson township, and this hidden spot is accessed from the Bunurong Coastal Drive, which offers sweeping views of some of Victoria’s best coastline.
Stage 1 at The Cape is nearing a sell out. To celebrate, two of our preferred builders, TS Constructions and The Sociable Weaver, are offering a limited time only discounted offering of sustainable, affordable house and land packages to future residents for these fast disappearing Stage 1 home sites.
The Cape enjoyed a brilliant turn out at our passata making day and the launch of some of The Cape's zero energy bill homes. We had around 600 at The Cape throughout the day, showing great interest in the 5 homes on display - homes that are super energy efficient, comfortable to live in, allow people to eliminate energy bills and experience the effortless gentle comfort of passive solar, carbon neutral living. Special thanks to all the team from TS Constructions, Beaumont Concepts, Adapt Design Group, The Sociable Weaver alongside many of our current and future residents, making the general public welcome and sharing information.
The Cape, just down the coast from Inverloch, will be launching two super sustainable homes that have eliminated their energy bills, as part of our passata making day this Sunday 11th March.
If you have been down to The Cape's community garden recently, you will have seen that our garden beds are bursting with organic tomatoes. With hundreds of kilograms already harvested over the past month and more still to come, we have decided it’s time to do some passata making! Come along to The Cape's display home to help (or watch) the big passata cookup.
WHEN: Sunday 11th March, between 10AM and 4PM
WHERE: The Cape – Periwinkle Place, Cape Paterson