Many of the homes at the Cape feature urban farming and food production.


THE Cape community at Cape Paterson has achieved recognition by winning the Climate Action ‘Industry Leadership’ category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards this week, as well as ‘Best Sustainable Landscape’ at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria’s Master Landscapers Awards.

The awards are recognition of a number of leading initiatives at the Cape, a widely-recognised, energy-efficient residential development in Bass Coast.

Among these initiatives are the design and construction of carbon neutral housing, restored waterways and habitats, electric vehicle infrastructure and an exciting community farm presently under construction.

Other finalists in these categories included Cardinia Shire Council, Rail Projects Victoria, Austeng, Beyond Zero Emissions and Ironbark Sustainability for a variety of leading projects and programs.

Cape Director Brendan Condon was delighted with the recognition in two different forums.

“These awards mark a collective effort by a broad team over more than a decade, and many more who have given support and encouragement over the past 15 years journey,” Mr Condon said.

“These include the hardworking teams at TS Constructions, The Sociable Weaver, Beaumont Building Design, Adapt Design Group, Harris Build, North South Homes, The Sustainable Landscape Company, and Adam Dettrick Architects as well as a number of great initiatives by Cape residents.”

The Cape: 2021 Winner Climate Action Leadership

From the Sustainability Victoria website: “The Cape set out to demonstrate that sustainable, resilient housing can be beautiful, affordable, and economically viable. They applied best practice sustainable urban design to transform a previously cleared cattle farm into a thriving biodiversity site.

“The Cape was inspired by the realisation that the Australian housing sector is building homes and communities that have a significant negative impact on Australia’s carbon footprint.

“The Cape models sustainable food and transport, with a community farm accommodating several hundred members, and kilometres of cycling and walking trails to encourage active lifestyles.

“The Cape mandates homes are built with energy and water-efficient design, rainwater harvesting, solar energy, energy monitoring, and household electric vehicle charging as standard.

“The Cape has built an estate where homes are in energy surplus, have year-round comfort, and are healthy and resilient in heatwaves. In a national first, all homes across the estate are currently averaging over 8-star NatHERS energy efficiency.

“Their free net-zero house designs have been downloaded over 40,000 times by the public from The Cape’s website.”

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The Cape: 2021 Winner Sustainable Landscape Category

Congratulations also to Australian Ecosystems/The Sustainable Landscape Company, for their recognition at the 2021 Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers awards for their work at the Cape, winning the Sustainable Landscape Category for the design and construction of the Cape public landscape, as well as some of the residential landscapes at the Cape.

From Landscaping Victoria website:

The Sustainable Landscape 2021, sponsored by Smart Water Winner Australian Ecosystems Joint Winners for Cape Peterson and Clyde Projects.

The judge’s comments about The Cape: “Introducing truly sustainable housing developments within the restrictions of typical regulations is a truly herculean effort which The Cape has succeeded in doing.

“The development considers every aspect of sustainability, always in a meaningful and rigorous fashion, never taking the easy way out or resorting to tokenism.

“The design combats the Urban Heat Island effect and has in every way strived to achieve carbon neutrality. The success of the project is evidenced by the vast increase of animal species that have inhabited the development in a short period of time.”

A comprehensive list of awards won by the Cape and our partner companies can be found here. It is becoming quite a list:

The Cape is achieving an average of 8-star energy efficiency across all homes, a national first.

Nature-friendly landscapes are a feature across the Cape coastal housing project.