The following projects demonstrate the success of advice and services provided by Commonsense Sustainability Solutions.

Demonstration Home – 2017-18

Commonsense Homepage-3In October 2017 Commonsense Sustainability Solutions will start the construction of an exemplar demonstration home, based on the Your Home ‘Design for Place’ house, which will then become a demonstration home open to the public from April 2018.

This demonstration home based on the Your Home ‘Design for Place’ house plans will showcases sustainable living. Features in the home would include:

– 8 Star NatHERS standard
– Double-glazing
– Efficient appliances
– Renewable energy systems
– Efficient water use features
– And much more…

This home will also:

– Offer guided tours explaining the sustainability features of the home, rather than selling a standard product.
– Showcase educational displays of how the various systems work (both cut out wall sections and small construction models).
– Have information about the different sustainability options that are available for homebuyers to consider.

If you would like to be provided with regular updates about this project and notified when it is open for viewing, please contact us.

Off-grid house at Gundaroo, NSW – 2016

Commonsense-GundarooDanny and Sue, the clients of this home, had a clear design and construction brief – to design and build a home that is based on passive-solar design, constructed of natural materials where possible, minimise the chemical toxicity of the building materials, and leverage appropriate levels of technology to reduce the ongoing operational costs for heating, cooling, power and water.

Commonsense Sustainability Consultants provided Danny and Sue with design and sustainability advice, which strengthened their ideas and supported them to achieve their dream home.

Danny and Sue had the ideas and knew what they wanted to achieve, Commonsense Sustainability Consultants brought to their project an extra dimension of experience and advice.

The solution to the brief was to build a simple, but elegant, home using:

– German PassivHaus principles, with power supplied from an off-grid 9kW Solar system
– North-facing living areas and thermal mass in the floor to capture the warming winter sun
– Eaves and a pergola to shade the hot summer sun
– Triple-glazed windows and lots of insulation to keep heat in during winter and out during summer
– Natural materials, like timber, with low embodied energy and lovely aesthetics
– Well-designed spaces that in many cases have double purposes – the hallway to the spare bedroom is also the walkway for extra pantry space, the bathroom also acts as an ensuite to the spare bedroom, the bedroom hallway is also the cupboard space, the ensuite shower space is also the bath space, etc.

For more details, read Danny and Sue’s blog.

North-facing family home in Geelong, Victoria – 2015CSS-Anne Street

Kylie and Chris, the clients of this home, wanted to renovate their existing rental property.

Their brief was to extend the existing home with a large, usable living space and have a ‘wow’ factor when you enter the home and new back area.

Commonsense Sustainability Solutions consultants provided Kylie and Chris with design and sustainability advice, making sure their main living areas maximised the north facing back yard and supported them to achieve an amazing investment property.




North-facing home in Lyneham – 2010

This 1982 townhouse was architecturally designed and renovated by Commonsense Sustainability Solutions.

It features:

– recycled hand made timber benches
– north facing windows with tiles for thermal mass
– pelmets and heavy curtains
– recycled tiles in the bathroom
– recycled fittings in the kitchen; and
– a small courtyard to grow and compost food.

Download a full description, including before/after photos, materials and costings.