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TOOWOOMBA’S ENVIRONMENTAL GAME-CHANGER REVEALED

Australia’s First For Sale Plus Level Certification Passive House unveiled

While the wind blew a gale outside, builders, designers, politicians, and other local influentials celebrated a temperate evening inside Toowoomba’s very first certified Passive House – 16 Sorrento Dr, Kearneys Spring. 

Mayor Paul Antonio was excited to have this futuristic style of building happening in his city. “This is  the kind of development we want to encourage to better community and environment” 

Along with Mayor Antonio, other guests at the event included the new Queensland Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli MP (Member for Broadwater), Sam O’Connor MP (Member for Bonney) and local David  Janetzki (Deputy Leader of the LNP, Member for Toowoomba South), Cr Tim McMahon, and Cr Megan O’Hara-Sullivan

“This concept makes a lot of sense so I’ll be looking into how we could get more of these Passive  House standards and methodologies across Queensland.“ commented Sam O’Connor MP, the Shadow  Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation. 

Also excited about the house was Cr McMahon, who shares the environment portfolio in council. “This  house is changing the game in design, heating and cooling in green, energy efficient ways. It’s a real  asset to our region that can be heated by a hairdryer” 

This Passive House certification is one of the most rigorous in the world. It scientifically measures how  the house performs in the areas of energy, sustainability, healthiest living conditions, and temperature  control.  

Current owners and designers Scott and Madonna Stewart were thrilled with the turnout and how  many people showed an excitement for these building principles. “After tonight’s preview, we are even more 

excited to see what this property will mean for the future of building focused on sustainability,  health and the environment.”

Some statistics on benefits of Passive House design are listed below.  

80-90% reduction in energy costs 

Inside temperature stays between 20-25 degrees Celsius all year round 

Over 75% of airborne allergens are kept out of the air in the house 

50% less ambient noise 

This property is also the first in Australia certified at the Plus Level in Passive House Certification to  go on the market.  

Mr and Mrs Stewart (based in Northern New South Wales) were adamant in employing local  suppliers wherever possible. They are very impressed with the high quality of work for this project,  particularly the local builder Titanium Homes. 

To see more information about the property see website https://labdesign.com.au/16-sorrento/

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