The SOLARHOME Project was an idea developed by entrepreneur/building designer David Macfarlane, managing director of Ecoventure Pty Ltd, who spent two years researching and developing the SOLARHOME design, then a further six months building the prototype at Greens Beach before living in the house for almost a year to test its comfort and performance.  It was completed in early 2017.  David's work experience and education was ideal for this type of project.  After school he first studied Engineering at Sydney University followed by Building at Sydney Tech, then spent twelve years designing and building houses in and around Sydney;  after which he returned to uni to complete a BSc in Architecture at UNSW.  Between 1994 and 2007 he designed, built, and operated one of Australia's first purpose-built eco-lodges, on an island off Australia's north-east coast.  More recently, in 2014 he completed a Masters in Sustainable Building Design at Oxford Brookes Uni in the UK.  David can be contacted directly by emailing

Ecoventure Pty Ltd,  trading as The SOLARHOME Project,  24 Pars Rd Greens Beach Tasmania 7270  Australia