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Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove.

Opening for inspection
Days: TBA
Times: TBA

Project summary

The Sustainable Home Cairns is a privately funded venture by Indigo developers, with the support of Cairns City Council. The house is located at Palm Cove, a seaside residential settlement 20-minutes drive north of the Cairns CBD. The project is part of a resort estate, and hence the house design reflects this holiday feel and multiple large outdoor living spaces within and around the house. It is expected that the house will be used as short to medium-term holiday accomodation. The design allows for flexibility in household size and make-up. It contains a range of sustainable design features, including:

Second and subsequent home buyers, holiday home buyers or investment buyers.

3-bedroom + study


Local council
Cairns City Council

Climate zone
Tropical – Climate Zone 1

Oceans Edge

Key facts

TVS Partnership Architects:


Project manager
TVS Partnership

Consultant partners
Landscape architect – TBA
Structural engineer – TBA
Hydraulics consultant – TBA

Major sponsors

Commenced: TBA
Completed: TBA

Display period
Expected to be officially opened: TBA
Expected closure: TBA

Lot size
Land: 387m2

House size
Living space: 205m2
Garage: 26m2
Total Floor Area (GFA): 231m2
Covered outdoor area: 88m2

Land cost
Approx. $200,000

Construction cost
Approx. $350,000

Sustainable design features

Construction type
Concrete block veneer.

Internal environment

Energy rating
5-star rated dwelling (BERS)

External environment
Rainwater tank(s) size: TBA
Rainwater application: toilet flushing, laundry and outdoor use (gardens)
Hot water system: solar

Related links

Last updated November 2006

Map to sustainable home Cairns

Artist impression of sustainable home Cairns

Artist impression of sustainable home Cairns

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Department of Public Works
Illuminating Engineering Society
Australian Green Development Forum
Bendigo Bank
Housing Industry Association
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Urban Development Institute of Australia        Australian Institute of Architects
Planning Institute of Australia
Queensland Master Builders Association
Queensland Government