The Comfy Home Transformation

It’s amazing how a few changes can transform an uncomfortable home that’s expensive to run into a cosy refuge that’s low on emissions. The open houses at Sustainable House Day – The Nillumbik Trail are full of inspiring ideas to achieve this.

Like many homes in Nillumbik, the original Comfy Home was hot in summer, cold in winter and it seemed an impossible task to bring it up to standard. The owners thought long and hard about how they could change their uncomfortable concrete box into their dream home.

Starting with a house that rated 1.6 stars under the NatHERS scheme, concrete block construction on a concrete slab with a flat roof, poor solar access, a Bushfire Attack Level of 29 and lots of water entering the house, they had a lot of challenges to consider. The house now rates at 6.3 stars under the NatHERS scheme and 10 stars under the Scorecard program.