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