Paradigm Shift by Sustainability House has won the Building Designers Association of Victoria’s 10 Star Sustainable Design Challenge for 2017.

Designed for the Adelaide climate, the project was recognised for its versatility and adaptability for a growing family, its considered use of thermal mass, insulation and solar energy.
Estimated to cost less than $390,000 to build the home design features a 5kW solar PV system with battery storage, (no gas) and 12,000 litres of rain water storage for reuse.

Sustainability House director Jim Woolcock said the team was proud to design a home that was a “fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions”.

“Our work for the Paradigm Shift has shown that the inclusion of sustainable design at the concept stage can allow any new home or building to achieve this outcome,” said Mr Woolcock.

A commendation was also awarded to MAClaren Homes and Melbourne Design Studios for The Courtyard House, which was inspired by a real-world client brief for a four-bedroom home in Melbourne.

To be constructed this year, the judging panel said The Courtyard House was a beautiful benchmark of localised sustainable living that suits the Australian way of life.

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    1. I would rather live in a large, sustainable home than a tiny, sustainable home just because some people’s opinions are as such. Very few people have a goal to have a tiny, sub-par sustainable home out of choice. If you had 3 kids and pets, I imagine no space is ‘unnecessary’.

  1. Forgive my skepticism, but a _black_ house for the Adelaide climate? With heatwaves of 47C?? And with zero eaves all round? No roof space, and low ceilings? Is this really the best we can do?

    And for goodness sake, can any dwelling relying on motor transport sustainable? Australia already has the close to the world’s highest per capita carbon footprint in transport. This looks like a prime example of greenwash, not sustainability.

    Sensible sustainable houses in Adelaide have high ceilings, lots of thermal mass, shaded openings, plenty of ventilated roof space, and white roofs. It’s not rocket science!

    1. Hi Matthew, thank you for your comment.

      I can assure you that we did incorporate carefully considered fixed/adjustable shading to the glazing and the design features 2.7m ceilings through-out, light coloured roof with reverse brick-veneer construction, concrete slab and brick internal walls for thermal mass.

      In an effort to offer a viable alternative to currently available affordable housing our design aimed to maximise the thermal efficiency (no heating or cooling required) while still satisfying the demands of the current market for car spaces etc.

      If you would like to enquire further about our submission please do not hesitate to contact us at Sustainability House on 1300 308 525 and we would be more than happy to discuss.

      Thanks and regards,
      Matthew McCallum

    2. Matthew, maybe you should be putting in an enquiry with the board who selects these projects to find out what their selection process entails. I would imagine that combined, they have a pretty impressive list of credentials which anyone would be envious of….

      I am absolutely impressed (I think you secretly are too) at how a home such as this has gone against the perceived limitations of the industry – the points you are mentioning. It’s amazing what good design and scientific understanding can do. Exactly what rocket scientist need to be good at…