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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