In order to create a sense of architectural continuity and sense of place, and to promote the use of local, sustainable building resources, the Witchcliffe Ecovillage team has developed the Sustainable Building Design Guidelines (BDGs). These will ensure our public buildings and homes look attractive and perform well. With every lot carefully oriented to maximise solar gain, our passive solar buildings will be light and warm in winter, cool in summer and energy efficient.

Download our BUILDING YOUR HOME HANDBOOK 2020 for detailed information about building in the Ecovillage including cluster and lot orientation, passive solar design, budgeting, BDGs, LDPs, LCA, ancillary dwellings, materials, bushfire risk and the design assessment process.

Sustainable Building Design Guidelines

The Sustainable Building Design Guidelines contain simple design principles and sustainability requirements that will guide the design of homes on each type of residential lot, such as:

  • requirements to ensure that buildings maximise the benefits of the lot layout, which guarantee that every home is orientated for full northern exposure to living rooms
  • specifying roof and rainwater tank sizes to ensure that every household and business can supply their own rainwater requirements
  • guidelines for minimum solar PV requirements and optimal placement
  • providing a required materials palette with an emphasis on sustainable materials like local plantation and recycled timber, locally sourced stone (granite and limestone), hempcrete, earth render and straw bale construction
  • requiring the use of non-toxic, low VOC, and “cradle to cradle” materials in building construction (non-composite materials that can be reused and recycled easily when buildings are at the end of their life cycle).

Ecovillage Preferred Suppliers

The Ecovillage Design Team has spent countless hours researching and communicating with various suppliers, builders and service organisations to put together a list of recommendations to make life easier for residents starting their building journey. Our preferred suppliers are companies and individuals with whom the Ecovillage team has fostered a good working relationship. Some are longstanding, trusted partners and others are new relationships with local providers who are keen supporters of the Ecovillage and are aligned with our values.

Building 1
Natural hempcrete wall by Hemp Homes Australia