Sunshine Passivhaus

High-quality affordable housing designed to reduce ongoing running costs for occupants through energy efficient design.

Location: Wurundjeri Country, Sunshine VIC
Status: Complete

Premier's Sustainability Awards 2023 - Future Energy (Finalist)

HIA Awards 2023 - Victoria Affordable Housing (Winner)

An affordable housing project for Baptcare Affordable Housing, Sunshine Passivhaus is designed to provide high quality homes for larger families, sole parents, financially disadvantaged people, people experiencing family or domestic violence, and older Victorians who meet the criteria for social/affordable housing. The Passivehaus building model has been implemented on this project to help reduce ongoing running costs for occupants and create a better standard of living through more sustainable and energy efficient design.

Passivhaus is a holistic design standard that achieves thermal comfort with minimal heating and cooling by using 5 key principles: insulation, airtightness, appropriate window and door design, ventilation systems, and elimination of thermal bridges. The Sunshine development consists of 20 dwellings in total, with 8 adopting the Passivhaus principles, and the remaining 12 residences designed to achieve a 7 Star NatHERS rating.

A community focus sees the inclusion of a shared garden to bolster interaction between residents, while roadways with permeable paving slow traffic and create safety zones for kids to play outside. From the street, a simple yet contemporary architectural form utilizes robust materials that ensure longevity and deliver a timeless presence.