Horizon Housing's Eko:bode Scoops National Greensmart Award

16 September 13

Horizon Housing's (HH) Eko:Bode development on the Gold Coast has won its second major sustainability award, after scooping the 2013 Housing Institute of Australia (HIA) National GreenSmart accolade for Water Efficiency, and being named a finalist in the Custom Built Home category.

The Water Efficiency award follows Eko:Bode being named as the winner of the 2012 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Excellence Awards in the Environmental Sustainability category. Last year Eko:Bode also became the first boutique affordable development in Australia to receive full accreditation in the UDIA's EnviroDevelopment Scheme.

Eko:Bode - which was completed in November last year - is located in Surfers Paradise and features eight self contained studio apartments with shared domestic facilities like kitchens and living areas.

The project also boasts a suite of eco features including a water filtration system, grey water recycling, two 22,500 litre rain tanks and 6kw solar panels.

HH Chief Executive Officer Jason Cubit says all of the awards to date confirm Eko:Bode's position as one of the most eco friendly new developments in the country.

"The GreenSmart awards were created specifically to recognise the best of the best in terms of environmentally responsible housing, so we're thrilled to have taken out top honours in the Water Efficiency category," he said.

"HH is a non-profit company with the core aim of delivering affordable housing, and one of the most effective ways we have been able to achieve this goal is to create 'green' homes which consume less power and water.

"People often think that being eco-conscious is more costly when in fact, the opposite is true.

"The reduction in utility costs means we have been able to offer these apartments to tenants at prices significantly below average market rent, with residents able to make further savings by using shared domestic facilities along with amenities including a communal herb garden and bicycle parking.

"Eko:Bode's location near the heart of Surfers Paradise means residents are able to easily walk or bike to the local supermarket, shops, beach and work, with the imminent completion of the new Rapid Transit System set to make travel without cars even easier."

HH has received support for Eko:Bode from the Gold Coast City Council and private industry sponsors - including BC Solar, Aqua Clarus, James Hardie, Ecolour Paints, Laminex and A&L Windows - who provided eco-friendly amenities at a discount or free of charge.

"We are thankful to the Council and many local businesses who saw the potential of Eko:Bode when the concept for the development was first put forward, and it's great to be able to show our supporters that the idea has come to fruition and is living up to its name," Mr Cubit said.

"We hope that Eko:Bode will be used as a template for eco-friendly, affordable development in the future, as it's a really adaptable design which could suit a wide variety of demographics.

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