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Carbon positive CORE 9 home makes owners around $70 a year

The CORE 9 prototype is designed to provide a housing solution that is cost effective and sustainable
The CORE 9 prototype is designed to provide a housing solution that is cost effective and sustainable
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The CORE 9 prototype is designed to provide a housing solution that is cost effective and sustainable
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The CORE 9 prototype is designed to provide a housing solution that is cost effective and sustainable
Australian architectural studio Beaumont Concepts has completed a stylish and affordable carbon positive home
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Australian architectural studio Beaumont Concepts has completed a stylish and affordable carbon positive home
The home is part of "The Cape", one of Australia's first sustainable housing projects
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The home is part of "The Cape", one of Australia's first sustainable housing projects
CORE 9 entrance
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CORE 9 entrance
CORE 9 features outdoor terraces for soaking up the sun and enjoying the surrounds
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CORE 9 features outdoor terraces for soaking up the sun and enjoying the surrounds
CORE 9 is located in the coastal town of Cape Patterson in Victoria, where residents can only build a home that meets its sustainable home design standard
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CORE 9 is located in the coastal town of Cape Patterson in Victoria, where residents can only build a home that meets its sustainable home design standard
The CORE 9 prototype is a 131-square meter (1,410-sq ft) family home and features a modern kitchen and dining area
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The CORE 9 prototype is a 131-square meter (1,410-sq ft) family home and features a modern kitchen and dining area
The kitchen opens up to the outdoors
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The kitchen opens up to the outdoors
The kitchen window also doubles as bar top, with stools for sitting indoors or out
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The kitchen window also doubles as bar top, with stools for sitting indoors or out
The CORE 9 prototype is a 131-square meter (1,410-sq ft) family home, featuring open plan living and dining
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The CORE 9 prototype is a 131-square meter (1,410-sq ft) family home, featuring open plan living and dining
 The dwelling has been designed to maximize natural light from the north, as well as cross ventilation throughout the entire day
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 The dwelling has been designed to maximize natural light from the north, as well as cross ventilation throughout the entire day
Large glass doors open the home up to the outdoors
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Large glass doors open the home up to the outdoors
The home also features a series exposed brick walls, contrasting against the home's wooden panel ceilings and white finishes
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The home also features a series exposed brick walls, contrasting against the home's wooden panel ceilings and white finishes
The interior of the home boasts  polished concrete flooring and in-built timber furnishings
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The interior of the home boasts  polished concrete flooring and in-built timber furnishings
CORE 9 master bedroom
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CORE 9 master bedroom
CORE 9 master bathroom
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CORE 9 master bathroom
CORE 9 home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms
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CORE 9 home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms
CORE 9 second bathroom
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CORE 9 second bathroom
CORE 9 laundry has plenty of space
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CORE 9 laundry has plenty of space
CORE 9 floor plans by Beaumont Concepts
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CORE 9 floor plans by Beaumont Concepts

Australianarchitectural studio Beaumont Concepts has completed a stylish andaffordable carbon positive home, located in the coastal town of CapePatterson in Victoria.DubbedCORE 9, the prototype is designed to provide a better housing solution thatis not only cost effective, but also sustainably superior. Thehome is part of "The Cape", one of Australia's first sustainablehousing projects, which features 220 blocks of land whereresidents can only build a home that meets specific sustainable home design standards.

"Withthe rising cost of energy and the need to conserve our preciousresources, a sustainable home is becoming a highly desirable and moreeconomical option long term," says Beaumont Concepts. "Torespond to this challenge and demonstrate how this can be achievedthe CORE 9 prototype has been built at The Cape. THE CORE 9integrates sustainable materials with a low embodied energy."

TheCORE 9 prototype is a 131-sq m (1,410 sq ft) family home,featuring a modern kitchen, open-plan living and dining, threebedrooms, two bathrooms, outdoor terraces, and a two-car garage. Thedwelling has been designed to maximize natural light from the north,as well as cross ventilation throughout the entire day.

 The dwelling has been designed to maximize natural light from the north, as well as cross ventilation throughout the entire day
 The dwelling has been designed to maximize natural light from the north, as well as cross ventilation throughout the entire day

Theinterior of the home boasts large floor-to-ceiling windows, polishedconcrete flooring and in-built timber furnishings.Utilizing reclaimed bricks, the home also features a series of exposedbrick walls, which contrast against the home's wooden panel ceilings andwhite finishes.

"Wefirmly believe good design principles should be available to everyonewho wants to build their own home, regardless of budget" the company says. "To this end, we created a construction scaleallowing the building to be adapted to any star rating between 6 and10-star."

The kitchen opens up to the outdoors
The kitchen opens up to the outdoors

Thehome is built using a zero-waste philosophy; incorporating the use ofrecycled and up-cycled materials, while also adopting a buildingprocess that produces minimal off-cuts and waste. The home'sbuilding materials were also chosen for their high quality,durability and long lifespan.

The CORE 9 homeincorporates the use of a solar hot water system, rain waterharvesting and solar power. The roof is fitted with a series of photovoltaic panels andit is anticipated that the home's annual energy output will slightly exceed its needs – instead of power bills, the home owners will make an estimated AUD$90 (US$69) a year.

"Byusing environmentally friendly building products, we've reduced theimpact of the construction on the environment," says BeaumontConcepts. "In some homes the products used to achieve the highstar rating have a detrimental impact on the environment. But in theCORE home, regardless of the star rating, the products specified areenvironmentally friendly. Construction materials were also selectedto ensure minimal maintenance and longevity."

Finalcost of the CORE 9 home has not yet been released.

Source: Beaumont Concepts, The Cape via Archdaily

3 comments
LordInsidious
This is great and I can't wait to see the ideas implemented in regular constuction.
JimFox
Lacking approximate costing, this is not useful. Also, those brick walls would be FAR more ecologically sound & better insulated if they were made of Hempcrete. Nice design, otherwise unimpressed.
BobNickson
Carbon positive doesn't seem particularly remarkable, aren't most houses? Wonder what they meant by that. The article didn't say. Now if the house is a net energy producer, and a net carbon negative, that's amazing, and frankly, at this point, should be the code requirement.