The Cape will open its doors to help celebrate National Sustainable House Day

05 September 2018

One of Australia’s leading sustainable housing communities, The Cape, located on Victoria’s Bass Coast, will be celebrating National Sustainable House Day on Sunday 16 September, with events open to the public including talks from a range of sustainability experts, open homes and family activities.

Sustainable House Day is organised each year by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) to provide an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.

The Cape will open its doors to five innovative architecturally designed homes, and will be part of an estate-wide street party. Visitors will be able to inspect the five bill-busting, sustainable homes at The Cape in Cape Paterson, which is south east of Melbourne.

While all homes at The Cape average more than eight-star energy efficiency, meaning that they are among the most efficient in Australia, The Cape will be showcasing Victoria’s first 10-star energy efficient home, built by The Sociable Weaver.

“The ATA’s National Sustainable House Day is a terrific way for Victorians to inspect the latest in smart house design and technology. As you experience the houses in person, you can also chat with the residents, and the sustainable designers and builders who created these sustainable homes,” says The Cape director Brendan Condon.

“The suite of builders behind the 10-Star, the Oaks, Dune 1, CORE 9 and the Cove are committed in sharing their knowledge on what is possible with Australian housing today.  This is reflected by giving access to the public free the downloadable house designs.

“The Cape will also have Tesla and Nissan electric cars and electric bikes for complimentary rides, tours of the innovative community garden, presentations by experts on sustainable living, as well as wood fired pizzas to enjoy and the opportunity to speak to current Cape residents.  The Cape is a great example of creating and nurturing an affordable and sustainable lifestyle while reducing our carbon footprint and slashing utility bills.  It promises to be a great family day out for Victorians.”

The day’s program will include talks from the ATA, sustainable landscape architects, zero waste pioneers, energy rating experts and sustainable builders.

“The Cape is an outstanding example of a housing development that is aiming high for energy-efficient, green living,” says ATA chief executive Donna Luckman.

“The Cape’s houses will be among 250 open to the public across Australia on Sustainable House Day, demonstrating how people can build or renovate to create comfortable, low-bill and environmentally friendly homes.”

 “We hope people can come to The Cape on Sustainable House Day, be inspired by the homes on display and have fun at the street party. It’ll be a wonderful day in the beachside estate.”

Sustainable House Day will run from 10am to 4 pm on Sunday 16 September.  Go to to see the profiles of homes.

As the editor of BUILD I have a keen interest in sustainable housing and new technologies.