Ecoliv home in Federation square will house The New Joneses

In the heart of Melbourne, an energy efficient home has been lifted in for the duration of this year’s Sustainable Living Festival.

Within its well-insulated walls Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew will live throughout the festival in a public sustainability education project called The New Joneses.

The New Joneses aims to education people about energy efficiency, the secondhand economy and reducing food waste.

The prefabricated 8 Star house was designed by Ecoliv under passive solar design principles. It has north-facing windows, window eaves, double glazing, insulation and good cross ventilation.

The house also has solar hot water, a 1.72kW solar system, rainwater tanks, LED downlights, electricity use metering, a greywater recycling system, ceiling fans and low VOC painted walls.

Alongside the house, there will be chickens, a garden and an electric car for the occupant’s food and transport.

You can go down to Federation Square to take a look at the house or watch Sunrise to see how The New Joneses are getting on in their new pad.

Image: Ecoliv Buildings

The New Joneses

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