Bass Coast,

Community gets insight into Future Homes


The Future Homes Program kicked off its 2015/16 year with a fabulous tour of new and innovative homes on Saturday, 21 November.

Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network again teamed up to continue the very successful program for its second year, bringing community members a taste of the future.

A bus load of participants visited three different styles of home, peeked inside and spoke to the owners.

First stop was a ‘passive’ home in Wonthaggi; indeed the owner Fiona informed the group that it was one of only two certified passive homes in Victoria. ‘Solar passive’ is a term that many of us may know something about, but just being ‘passive’ without the ‘solar’ prefix was a new concept to many. Questions were asked about the innovative ‘Superpod’ with on-going discussions about the design of this low-energy house that consumes 10 per cent of the energy of a conventional house for heating and cooling.

The next stop was in the Woolamai hills; a small but cosy home that overlooked amazing scenery and was settled quietly in a beautiful garden. It’s environmental ‘footprint’ barely touched the ground. Owners Pete and Nicki continued the sustainable theme of the day by producinga wonderful meal for everyone, sourcing the food from local growers and producers.

Although it was hard to leave that little piece of paradise, the group headed off to Cape Patterson. Third host, Brendan, treated the group with an overview of the sustainable housing development which is underway at ‘The Cape’.

The Cape project is dedicated to open space, where walking and cycling tracks wind past native vegetation, parks and a community garden precinct. He explained the holistic vision for the development and how each individual home would be built to the strictest of environmental and sustainable standards, as would every element of the whole development.

With so many different concepts presented throughout the day the conversation, debate and discussion between the tour members had plenty of food for thought. The day may have finally come to an end for looking at sustainable housing, but for many it was the beginning of the ‘conversation’ on the subject.

To add to that conversation, another free tour is planned for Saturday, 12 December. Participants will be treated to a tour of homes on French Island that have been designed using energy efficiency principles and showcasing renewable wind and solar powered systems. Experts in the field will be on board to provide information on the latest technology and rebates available.

To book a place on the next tour, please contact Rosie Scott-Thompson on or 0409 366 914.