Competition

Win An Environmentally Certified Eco-Friendly Home on the Sunshine Coast

Australia’s first environmentally certified eco-friendly prize home soon becomes available through Endeavour Foundation’s Eco-Lifestyle Lottery. All funds raised from the lottery go directly towards building modern houses, that increase independence and choice for people with a disability.

For the first time, an environmentally accredited eco-friendly prize home in the Sunshine Coast hinterland made from recycled materials will soon become available through Endeavour Foundation’s Eco-Lifestyle Lottery, to raise money for people with a disability.

A team of builders and interior designers set out to design the home on Sunrise Drive, Ocean View, with their main focus being that it had to be environmentally friendly and tap into people’s growing interest in sustainable living.

“A lot of planning was put into the design and positioning of the house to ensure the use of natural cooling and heating elements and to optimise comfort,” Endeavour Foundation’s Leanne Ferris said. “We wanted to make sure that every detail of the home reflected an eco-friendly lifestyle, with the inclusion of water tanks, energy-efficient lighting, solar-powered heating, a native garden, as well as the home being positioned right amongst nature, with spectacular panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains,” Ms Ferris said.

The Endeavour Foundation prize home has been awarded certification by the national green rating tool Envirodevelopment, for meeting the requirements for all six elements to make it sustainable, which includes ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.

“Reduced operating costs are one of the most appealing aspects of EnviroDevelopment certification, as not only do owners save money, but our certification has the positive effect of increasing the property’s value,” National EnviroDevelopment Manager Valerie Bares said.

“This home is particularly effective when it comes to reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Ms Bares explains. “It has been developed with a clear vision of defined environmental sustainability and liveability goals.”

The home’s 45,000 litre rainwater storage tanks are ample to service the home, native-landscaped garden and in-ground swimming pool.

The house with its seven-star Building Energy rating system (BERS) serves as a source of inspiration to homeowners, who may want to transform or redesign their homes to make them more eco-friendly.

“Before starting any work, plan ahead for what can be reused or recycled and spend the time to research materials which are eco-friendly,” Ms Bares added. “Always look at the design of the layout first, as a lot of energy savings can be achieved with placing windows on the right façade, and adding awnings, pelmets and curtains for example.”

All funds raised from the lottery go directly towards building modern houses that increase independence and choice for people with a disability.

To enter, visit Endeavour LotteriesThe lottery opens on June 10th and is drawn on August 13th, 2015.