Power Homes

Lauder Pty. Ltd. has primarily developed vacant lots for sale to the market but with the final Stage 6 of the Highfields Village Residential Estate they developed a unique house and land package called the POWER Home. Protect Our World Environment Resource Homes addressed the growing awareness for environmentally sustainable design (ESD) outcomes to reduce water consumption and carbon footprints.

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Lauder’s Pty. Ltd approach was to develop a quality “spekky” but to incorporate a vast range of water and energy saving initiatives. The result was a 5 green star plus 50% rated dwelling which is virtually independent from the mains water grid.

In conjunction with Crows Nest Shire Council (CNS) who provided purple pipe, recycled waste water to Class A standard (non potable) to the dwelling, Lauder Pty. Ltd. incorporated other energy saving devices including solar hot water, thermal rated glazing, sustainable timber flooring, recycled materials where appropriate, above standard insulation to roof and walls, low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and laminates,  natural green star rated carpets and water wise landscaping.

The POWER Home sold to the market at approx 15% above the average price but the ESD features will enable the owners to substantially reduce their water and energy consumption and the house will maintain its value in years to come as the statutory bar for residential housing rises to address climate change.

The POWER Home was opened officially on 6th December 2006 by the member for Toowoomba North and Attorney General for Queensland the Hon. Kerry Shine MLA in conjunction with Mayor Geoff Patch of Crows Nest Shire Council.

Win News Audio File Win News (1613 KB)



Fact Sheets

Highfields Power Homes Fact Sheet Highfields Power Homes Fact Sheet October 2006 (1135 KB)
Sustainable Solutions International Fact Sheet Sustainable Solutions International Fact Sheet (2619 KB)

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper Article 01 Newspaper Article 01 (211 KB)
Highfields Developer designs house in tune with environment
Newspaper Article 02 Newspaper Article 02 (176 KB)
Home has benefit of recycling
Newspaper Article 03 Newspaper Article 03 (255 KB)
Forget the dry, water it all
Newspaper Article 04 Newspaper Article 04 (186 KB)
Power House for sale
Newspaper Article 05 Newspaper Article 05 (727 KB)
South-East Queensland developer brings sustainable home design into the main stream
Newspaper Article 06 Newspaper Article 06 (530 KB)
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Media Release

House Plans

Power Home Plan Power Home Plan (1279 KB)


Stage 6 Brochure Stage 6 Brochure (775 KB)