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Josh’s House is an exemplar of integrated water sensitive urban design at the residential housing scale.

Josh’s House is an innovative housing-scale sustainable design and construction project based in Hilton WA, led by environmental scientist and national media personality Dr Josh Byrne in conjunction with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

Consisting of two dwellings, the project aims to demonstrate that high performance water sensitive and energy e cient homes can be built at a comparable cost and timeframe to regular houses.

The homes have achieved a 10 Star NatHERS rating, they are net energy exporters and they optimise the collection and recycling of water. The landscaping for the property includes food production, shading and play spaces. The interiors incorporate ‘Healthy Homes’ (indoor air quality) and ‘Liveable Homes’ (universal access) principles. The dwellings also achieved HIA GreenSmart accreditation.

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