Eight of the winning house designs, including construction costs, materials and sustainability systems are downloadable from the project website at www.capepatersonecovillage.com.au.
THE efforts of the Cape Paterson Ecovillage design team were recognized at the highest levels on Tuesday evening, October 2, when the Ecovillage project won the Victorian Premiers Sustainability Award 2012 – Design Category.
This year was the 10th anniversary of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, which represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability initiatives.
“It’s important that we recognise businesses and organisations that implement sustainability initiatives to protect the environment and enhance the economic wellbeing of Victoria,” Premier Ted Baillieu said.
“The awards acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement across business, government, community, tertiary education and the built environment.”
The Ecovillage project achieved a final four place amongst some very high profile projects including the Royal Children’s Hospital, a Grocon major project and a project by Places Victoria/Cardinia Shire Council.
The Ecovillage won the design category and project director Brendan Condon was presented the award by Minister for Energy and Resources, Michael O’Brien.
“We believe our success may have had something to do with two things,” Mr Condon said.
“Firstly, it recognizes the fact that this project is about making sustainable design affordable and accessible to all Victorians.
“It is about providing the whole community with tools and house designs that can assist Victorians to live more lightly on the planet, and prepare for emerging economic and environmental challenges such as rising energy and water bills and climate change.
“Secondly the award recognizes that although we are a small team, the efforts put in to this project have been enormous.
“This includes the extensive research phase of this project with the zero carbon study.
“It also includes our year-long design process that has now generated what we believe is an Australian first – 10 house designs that are comfortable, attractive, have low running costs, that capture their own water and clean solar energy, and that use no fossil fuels in their operations.”
In his acceptance speech, Mr Condon made special mention of Tony O’Connell from TS Constructions for his extensive work in pricing all the designs, and all the architects and energy efficiency experts involved.
Mr Condon also praised the “outstanding support” the project had received over a number of years from Bass Coast councillor John Duscher, and Local Member Ken Smith, stating that “their support was critical to the project proceeding this far”.
Bass MP Ken Smith congratulated director Brendan Condon and the team at Cape Paterson Ecovillage for their win.
“The Cape Paterson Ecovillage plans are innovative and exciting,” Mr Smith said.
“They address sustainable housing but remain affordable. This is most important in today’s age.
“Being solar powered, self-sufficient with zero carbon usually means the building cost is prohibitive to many.
“The Ecovillage changes this and whilst creating a community of environmentally sustainable housing using solar, renewable energy, renewable construction materials, rainwater, grey water treatment and minimal impact on habitat both during construction and when the houses are occupied, the company has addressed affordability to make living in the Ecovillage viable for families, retirees and those looking for a seaside home away from home.
“Cape Paterson Partners are to be commended for the research and vision they portray in this state-of-the-art residential concept and are most deserving of the Premier’s Award.”
Other winners of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2012 were: Tertiary Education Award – Gordon TAFE; Products or Services Award – Brightgreen; Local Government Award – Brimbank City Council;  State Government Award – Alpine Shire Council; Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Original Foods Sustainable Catering; Large Business Award – National Australia Bank; Community Award – Kildonan Uniting Care and Moreland Energy Foundation; Premier’s Recognition Award – Brightgreen.