13. Point Lonsdale – 8.2 star, energy efficient beach shack on small site

Jonathan WrightSHD2019-2

13. Point Lonsdale

Type: 8.2 star, energy efficient beach shack on small site
Open: 1pm to 5pm


  • 2018 passive solar, 145sqm home on tight block
  • Timber double glazed
  • PV grid connect
  • Cross ventilation
  • Energy efficient heat pump tumble dryer
  • Edible garden
  • On-site recycling with composting
  • Finalist in 2019 MBAV regional awards
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Having been a resident of Point Lonsdale on and off for 30 years and regular visitor to the Bellarine for another 30 years, I love the tradition of low lying beach shacks nestled within the Tea Trees and the Moonahs.

When a small rear battle axe block become available 18 months, I began to envisage my dream shack sitting in a secret native coastal garden around the back of the pre existing house with street frontage.

In the early planning stages I attended the 2017 Geelong Sustainability Open Day and heard Stuart Wilkinson from Homes With Integrity talking about his approach to energy efficient houses. I was sold! I teamed him up with my designer Stuart Miller BEFORE plans were finalized and they worked together to produce a beautiful 8.2 star house that I couldn't be happier with

In 2019 the home was a finalist for the Best Sustainable Home of the Master Builders Association of Victoria awards within the Southwest region. I now live in a very comfortable home that is performing to both the design and construction intent, an energy efficient home that works passively in both winter and summer.

On site experts:
  • Stu Wilkinson, Blake Torrance & team, Homes With Integrity - sustainable building specialists
  • Stuart Miller, Designer, Stuart Miller Designs - sustainable building design
  • Warren Hobbs, Designer, 3J Design - passive house design