Since starting the Josh’s House adventure in 2012, Josh Byrne (environmental scientist & well known ABC TV Gardening Australia presenter) has shown us all how simple and beneficial a more sustainable lifestyle can really be. During this journey the Josh’s House project has reinforced Josh’s belief that there is a better way we can design and build our homes for the benefit of our health, hip pockets and our future.
With his own home now built and the monitoring systems quietly gathering data in the background, Josh thought it would be a perfect time to see just how his place stacks up against other high performance homes around Australia. Called Josh’s House Star Performers, this latest adventure follows Josh on a unique nationwide research tour that will bring together the best high performance volume market housing projects from around the country for the very first time.
You’ll find within each of the Star Performers pages new videos, tour photos, performance reports and links to the latest info about each of the Star Performer homes. Enjoy the journey with Josh as he discovers what’s possible for the future of housing in Australia, prompting the question: Why aren’t more homes in Australia built like Josh’s House?
Nestled amongst every day suburbia in Melbourne’s north, the Australian Zero Emission House (AusZEH) is the CSIRO’s flagship housing project that brings together government and industry to demonstrate that zero emission housing is a reality now.
Located in Western Sydney, CSR House is an industry driven 8 star energy efficient rated research home that showcases how readily available products combined with intelligent design and correct specification can be used to provide greater energy efficiency in building.
Located in Townsville, northern Queensland, this Finlay Homes project was originally a ‘brand new display home jam packed with as many energy saving, green options and ideas we could find’. Now the house is a living laboratory to the builder and his family as they test drive their sustainable home built for the tropics.
Situated in Western Australia’s arid north-west, the Pilbara Vernacular Demonstration House is the result of a design competition led by the Western Australian State Government’s development agency, Landcorp to demonstrate the climate and socially responsive design principles of the Pilbara Vernacular Handbook.