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An­other nine stars have joined the team kick­ing goals at Waver­ley Park, writes Su­san Cowen

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US­TRALIA’S first nine-star en­ergy-rated, car­bon-neu­tral home has ar­rived at Mir­vac’s Waver­ley Park de­vel­op­ment.

Called Har­mony 9, the sus­tain­able hous­ing pro­to­type is an im­prove­ment on Mir­vac’s six-star en­ergy-rated homes and Green Star-awarded Orion Spring­field town cen­tre.

Built at the for­mer home ground of the Hawthorn and St Kilda AFL teams, Har­mony 9 homes will have smart me­ters to mon­i­tor en­ergy and wa­ter use.

The re­verse brick-ve­neer construction will be an­other fea­ture, pro­vid­ing a sta­ble core tem­per­a­ture re­gard­less of the weather.

Dou­ble-glazed win­dows, north­fac­ing liv­ing zones, clean power through so­lar pan­els and fur­ni­ture made from the orig­i­nal Waver­ley Park sta­dium are other en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fea­tures.

Mir­vac Vic­to­ria CEO John Carfi says the Har­mony 9 pro­to­type re­flects Mir­vac’s de­sire to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘The Har­mony 9 project em­bod­ies our com­mit­ment to the fu­ture and pushes the bound­aries of sus­tain­abil­ity and in­no­va­tive de­sign,’’ Carfi says.

In achiev­ing a nine-star rat­ing, Mir­vac has set a new bench­mark of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­to­cols.

Mir­vac de­sign di­rec­tor John Eck­ert says the house demon­strates a new level of in­no­va­tion, adapt­abil­ity and sus­tain­able de­sign.

‘‘The Har­mony 9 de­sign process can be likened to de­vel­op­ing a con­cept car,’’ Eck­ert says.

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