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7 homes for sale that make sustainable living easy

7 homes for sale that make sustainable living easy

From EV charging stations to rainwater tanks, many modern homes are equipped with environmentally-friendly features.Photo: Supplied
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As sustainability becomes an increasingly important part of our lives, there’s a big push for environmentally-friendly housing. Many modern homes have clever features designed to save energy and water, and make our everyday just a little more green.

From classic solar panels to “earth-sheltering” features, we’ve picked the best homes on sale now that make sustainable living attainable and oh-so-cool.

Middle Park, VIC

205 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park VIC 3206

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Known as the Bio-Courtyard house, this property is packed with earth-loving features. Optimised for biophilic living, the architecture reflects a strong connection with nature and uses many solar passive design strategies.

At the heart of the design is the “biomechanical core”. The four-bedroom home’s green courtyard functions as a natural ecosystem that filters air and captures recycled water.

DesignInc & Visioneer Builders incorporated other sustainable features such as an EV charging station, solar energy battery and rainwater storage. The basement is also designed for thermal control and provides natural ventilation on those hot summer days.

Gordon, NSW

32 Taylor Street, Gordon NSW 2072

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We couldn’t create a list of sustainable homes without mentioning John Pearman’s famous eco-home Moonview. The property was originally planned as an environmental teaching house but is now being sold as a residential home.

The three-bedroom house is equipped with photovoltaic solar panels, grey-water recycling, recycled timbers and a 20,000 litre rainwater tank.

Most interestingly, Moonview includes a 800-millimetre-thick layer of soil on the roof for insulation. The concept is called “earth-sheltering” and protects the house from the piercing Aussie sun.

Relbia, TAS

267 Glenwood Road, Relbia TAS 7258

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Looking for peace and quiet amongst the Tasmanian bushland? Sprawled across six hectares, this passive solar home is like a resort – a sustainable one boasting an 8.8-star energy rating.

The main attraction is the 18-metre energy-efficient indoor pool. It’s perfect for cooling off during the summer or for lap swimming during the colder months.

The four-bedroom home is also fitted with solar panels and has a large dam with water tanks. With views of rolling hills from almost every room, this house is the epitome of living alongside nature.

Albury, NSW

4/57 Maryland Way, Albury NSW 2640

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It’s not only houses that are going green, many apartment buildings are also incorporating sustainable design into their build.

This complex designed by Naughtin Development Group with Chambers + Chambers are the only apartments in Albury that are made of Thermomass panels for environmentally-friendly insulation.

The three-bedroom townhouse also has a seven-star energy rating, which both helps the environment and your energy bills.

Bonnet Bay, NSW

23 Van Buren Circuit, Bonnet Bay NSW 2226

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This five-bedroom home by Woronora River was revamped with a handful of sustainable features. The renovation used repurposed materials alongside clever home tech to create a modern family residence.

For those looking to invest in electric cars, this home is equipped with a charging point to power up your vehicle, while the solar panels will help lower energy bills.

Terrigal, NSW

32 Wycombe Road, Terrigal NSW 2260

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Want to live farm-to-table? This five-bedroom house features a large organic greenhouse so you can flex your green thumbs. Sitting on almost a hectare of land, edible gardens and native greenery surround this coastal property.

Equipped with an “envirocycle” system, this home also uses treated household wastewater for irrigation.

Hawthorn East, VIC

6 Myrniong Grove, Hawthorn East VIC 3123

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Enveloped by trees, vines and fresh blooms, the renovated period house oozes charm.

The three-bedroom home features irrigation and water tanks, as well as aScandinavian wood-burning heater, which is more energy-efficient than traditional fireplaces.

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