For a synopsis of my conference presentation see the tab " EXPERIENCE FROM PH PROJECTS"
If you missed the 2016 & 2017 open house days there will be somemore 5cSBD projects to see at the 2019 open days (see the list on the 5cSBD projects tab). Access details will be announced here before the Passive House and Sustainable House Open Days.
SUNSTONE MELBOURNE (see PH Residential Case Study tab)
The first building outside Europe Certified as Passivhaus Plus
Low cost suburban house completed and occupied in February 2017. Carbon positive, very low energy.
73 Sunstone Boulevard, Riverstone Estate, Doreen, Melbourne Victoria 3754
Contact for appointments firstname.lastname@example.org
Passive House database project ID 4973 http://www.passivhausprojekte.de/index.php?lang=en#d_4973
SPRINGDALE QUEENSLAND (see 5cSBD Projects tab) Remote high altitude Queensland house occupied August 2017
The next building Certified as Passivhaus Plus.
virtually Zero heating demand, totally solar - no other energy source.
Passive House Project Database ID5309 http://www.passivhausprojekte.de/index
SUNSTONE completed in Feb 2017 is one of the few projects in the world certified as Passivhaus Plus and the first outside Europe.
SPRINGDALE completed in August 2017 was the next Passive House Plus project.
Yarramead & Harcourt currently nearing completion will also be PH Plus.
Yea School is due to be the first PH school in the southern hemisphere.
5cSBD Projects "SPRINGDALE" & "FULL & PLENTY" are featured in the CSIRO book "Positive Energy Homes" available from
Passivhaus or Passive House?
"Passivhaus" is the name of a calculation system that provides third party certification of strict comfort and energy criteria. Passive House and Passive Solar are general terms often applied to any building with windows facing the sun.
A 90 second video on Passivhaus and a general description of Passive House principles is available at : http://passivehouseaustralia.org/what-is-passive-house/
For a detailed description the Passive House brochure can be downloaded at: http://www.passivehouse-international.org/index.php?group=1&level1_id=70&page_id=286&lang=de
Sustainable Building Design
With several decades of designing energy efficient buildings and three designs already approved by the Passivhaus (PH) Institute, I have experience in most of the elements that are required to achieve a successful design. The great benefit of PH design is that it allows the effect of every design choice to be calculated so that the most cost-effective solutions can be identified. Good architecture is about much more than technicalities and the ability to calculate the effect of decisions liberates the designer so that the technicalities serve the design rather than the design being limited by the technicalities. The good news is that compared with the cold, dark climates of Northern Europe, the physical requirements for achieving PH in Australia are fairly easy. In fact it is cost effective to go beyond the PH minimums to carbon positive and even totally solar. The challenges are in sourcing suitable components, installers and materials at reasonable prices. I have learnt from sometimes bitter experience how to meet most of these challenges. My long experience in the industry and also in building my self-sufficient house with my own hands helps me understand what is critical/valuable both in the design and construction of buildings. My UK experience also gives me a wider perspective on what is available in the world and what is best practice.
Current projects on site include some of the first “Passivhaus Plus” designs in the world as well as other carbon positive Passive House designs. Several other Passivhaus designs in 3 Australian States are underwayincluding a school in regional Victoria.