1 March  2012 – Team Collaborative Future on Wednesday won the Zero Carbon Challenge – Australia’s first zero carbon sustainable house competition.

The team comprising representatives from Cundall; TS4 Architecture; Holdfast Construction; Eco Active; Urban Sustainable Landscapes; MLEI; WT Partnership; Acdev; Ken Long and Brock Urban Projects produced a “classic looking dwelling with very low embodied energy, using innovative materials and a construction method that will be unique in South Australia” the SA Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Patrick Conlon said at the awards ceremony.

“At a cost of around $335,000 (excluding GST), a 7.5 star rating, net zero operational energy and a 16-week construction time, the home that Team Collaborative Future has designed ticks a lot of boxes and is a worthy winner,” he said.

The team has won the opportunity to bring their concept of a zero carbon
home to life by building their design on Lot 61 at Lochiel Park Green Village in Campbelltown, SA.
“The Zero Carbon Challenge is part of the South Australian Government’s commitment to building a sustainable future for South Australia, working with leading architects to design housing that suits South Australia’s climate and provides more comfortable and affordable living,” Mr Conlon said.

“I am convinced the ideas put forward by the four finalist teams will inform the future commissioner for integrated design in SA.”

The winners were among five finalist teams tasked with designing a zero carbon home, taking into account key elements such as the embodied energy of a building, future emissions, livability, affordability and adaptability.

Following today’s announcement the new SA Urban Renewal Authority and the Integrated Design Commission will work together with the winning team to proceed with the planning and development approval stage.

Construction is expected to commence mid year, with the house to be completed later in the year.

Progress of the build can be followed on the Zero Carbon Challenge Facebook page

Features of the dwelling highlighted by the winning team were:

  • The 7.5 Star thermal performance rating equates to an annual energy saving of about 70 per cent compared with the average Australian dwelling.
  • A massive 3kW PV system generates more electricity annually than the house will ever use.
  • Comfort is optimised all year round in the climate responsive collaborative future house.
  • Expansive north facing double glazed windows offer excellent thermal performance.
  • The Climate Wizard high performance indirect evaporative air conditioning system adds no moisture to the air, so you get lots of fresh, naturally-cooled air.
  • EcoSmart bioethanol fires deliver clean heat for winter comfort so you get the ambience of a real open fire without the mess or hassle.

The high performance evacuated tube solar hot water heating system with gas backup ensures steaming hot water all year round.
The house has a completely landscaped outdoor space including a rain garden that filters stormwater, invites nature and encourages a seasonal urban lifestyle.
Recycling stormwater and harvesting rainwater, the house will reduce your reliance on fragile water resources.

The other finalists were Team Energy Aspect Living; Team Swanbury Penglase and Team VIM.