A sustainable display home built by Access Employment Services (AES) has opened at Yarrabilba in South East Queensland.

Lendlease engaged AES to undertake the build as an opportunity to upskill the area’s long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups.

Designed by Arkistruct, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with single-car garage incorporates low-cost design solutions, including new and innovative products and materials to decrease energy use for heating and cooling by up to 60 percent.

“The sustainable display home will show buyers and builders you can reduce costs associated with sustainable living and building,” says Lendlease communities managing director, Matthew Wallace.

“The home has been constructed from carefully chosen materials that minimise waste environmental impact, and has been designed to reduce and re-use water inside and out with features such as a rainwater tank.”

“It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work alongside Lendlease to design Yarrabilba’s sustainable display home and demonstrate to home buyers what’s possible when using the latest technology to save time, energy and money,” says Arkistruct managing director Daniel McGrath.

“The display home has been designed to take advantage of natural heating and cooling to increase residents’ comfort and importantly reduce power consumption.”

Passive solar heating and cooling, insulation, polished concrete flooring and glazed windows have resulted in a 9-star NatHERS rating.

The 139.9sqm energy-efficient home and land package is priced between $375,000 and $390,000.