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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
f there's one word currently at the forefront of everyone's minds, it's affordability. And no-one knows this better than Landmatters Pty Ltd's Kerry Shepherd, Chris Walton and Colin Bear. They built the property known as the Living Laboratory Home (LLH) to prove that high benchmark sustainable living is possible in the current marketplace. Their efforts have won the HIA GreenSmart Building of the Year Award. The house is located on Lot 105 of Landmatter's The Ecovillage at Currumbin, which is about 7km to the west of Currumbin Beach on the southern Gold Coast. The estate offers 144 residential lots, set within a sub-tropical climate, that boast a number of ecological and sustainable features. Clever use of minimal space and recycled material helped to keep costs down in building this striking but affordable home. sub-tropical haven story > Annie Reid The LLH was initially built as a display home, but Chris and Kerry decided they should 'talk the talk' and moved in for nine months to see how well the house performed. 'I fell in love with it. I didn't actually want to leave, but with a son, and a husband working primarily from home, we needed more room and so we are having a bigger house built on a lot in the next stage of the development,' Kerry says. LLH is a striking two-bedroom home. Two separate concave skillion roof structures provide a 'pavilion-styled' look, and the façade is visually attractive and eye-catching with many handcrafted features and strong construction techniques. To keep costs down the actual building is quite minimal -- 101 square metres -- but the > greensmart 2009 23 I smart essentials • smart metering • environmentally-friendly toilets • reused and recycled materials • no PVC used in the plumbing • state-of-the-art technology. Photos courtesy Adam Sebastian West