A residence as part of the cutting edge housing development 'The Cape' located along the coast of Cape Paterson. This design had to meet the needs of forward thinking home-owners who wish to live in a highly sustainable way . Strict guidelines regarding star-rating, use of low embedded energy materials and preserving the coastal environment were both the challenging and exciting elements of this project. The design brief was to meet the needs of a small family who wished for open-plan living and an ability to entertain. Uses of glazing, thermal mass walls, natural materials and a layout which allowed for open communal living meant that the 8.7 star energy rating achieved was well above the minimum 7.5 stars required by the developer.