Colin and Michelle Parton commissioned Pease and Benson to re-build their home in Kinglake after the Black Saturday bushfires, on 7 February 2009, that changed their community forever. The Partons are building their own house as owner builders. They are passionate about sustainable and organic architecture, and tasked the architects to design a home that they could build themselves. Built for less than $150,000, the custom design and construction is calculated on overall sustainability rather than the conventional measures by which 6 start energy saving rating is achieved, which means it actually achieves greater than 6-star energy saving rating thanks to solar passive design, northern orientation, good cross ventilation in summer and the thermal mass effect. Earth walls and responsibly-sourced timber round off what is quickly shaping up as one of Victoria’s greenest homes.
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