At Home With The Architect Visits Redfern

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In October, At Home With the Architect visits The Fern, Australia's first Passivhaus certified apartment building. Located in Redfern, the eco-apartments were designed, developed and constructed by Steele Associates.

The Fern comprises of eleven - one bedroom apartments that have been designed following the principles of the voluntary Pasive House (Passivhaus) standard for energy efficiency.

The tour will be led by architect/builder Oliver Steele, director of Steele Associates.

Take this opportunity to ask all the curly questions; how do you cost effectively to create a thermal break in a concrete balcony? What are the practical considerations for Passive House on such a tight inner city site? See the rooftop plant and solar spaces.

Steele Associates pushed numerous boundaries on this project, with triple glazing, heat recovery ventilation, waxed concrete walls, and all sorts of other weird and wonderful things, said Oliver Steele.


Oliver Steele is both an architect and licenced builder. He established Steele Associates in 1998 and his company is based in Alexandria NSW.

The practice specialises in sustainable design, development and construction.

Oliver explains his companies ethos, 'Our vision is simple: to redefine sustainable property development and lead the market to set new benchmarks in eco-living...We believe eco-friendly design isn’t a nice-to-have – it’s fundamental to our survival. We also know it doesn’t have to cost more, and offers a far better quality of life.'

Steele Associates has received numerous design and construction industry awards and has been featured in national and international publications.


Location: Redfern NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 28 October 2018
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this green development, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
    Images: The Fern, Redfern NSW
    Images Source: Steele Associates