sustainable house day

We’re opening our house for Sustainable House Day 2014

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One of the best things about our eco efforts is the way it helps us connect with locals from across Lewisham, Leichhardt and beyond. We’ve had many conversations across the front fence, about our vege patch, the solar panels, bees and more.

This year, we’re opening the house for even more conversations, as part of Sustainable House Day 2014.

On Sunday September 14th, 10am – 4pm, you’re most welcome to drop in for a house tour, and an opportunity to connect up with other folks interested in urban sustainability. (Note: we’re only opening on the 14th, and we won’t be opening on the 7th.)

Our house will be up on the SHD website shortly, which will give you the address a few days before we open the house. In the meantime, add the 14th into your diary.

See you soon!

Our house is in this month’s Sanctuary magazine

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The one-page writeup of our eco-renovation
The one-page writeup of our eco-renovation

We’re honoured to be included in this month’s Sanctuary magazine, which is featuring a number of houses that have been involved in Sustainable House Day.

(It’s a great magazine, with a lot of other wonderful case studies of green projects. Rush out and get a copy!)

We’re part of Sustainable House Day this year

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Just one of the things to see at our house on Sustainable House Day (click to see larger version)

It’s great to see what people have done to meet sustainability needs, and this is what makes national Sustainable House Day so valuable. Put it in your diary:  Sunday 9th September 2012, 10am-4pm.

There are a bunch of houses across Sydney participating, including ours.

We’d love for you to drop by for a tour or a chat, and this is what you’ll see:

  • Sensible sustainability improvements to a free-standing Federation House, including solar panels, water tanks and insulation
  • A recently-completed eco-extension, the result of six months of owner-builder work. Lots of natural wood, a rammed earth wall, low VOC products, double- and triple-glazing, and much more besides.
  • A permaculture garden that gives us almost complete self-sufficiency, including backyard chickens and native stingless bees.

Our house is right next to Lewisham Station, and a short bike-ride from the city 🙂

Browse the list of houses open on Sustainable House Day, and plan your visits!

Fact sheet for our house

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We’ve had a number of tours visit our house, most recently, a group organised by Marrickville Council. While we haven’t done anything truly extraordinary, I know from personal experience that the most helpful thing can be sharing the little details, such as what materials to use, where to source supplies, or what contractors to use.

So to help with this, we provide visitors with a fact sheet (PDF), containing a summary of what we’ve done. Hopefully you’ll find it useful too!

Sustainable House Day is today!

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There are over 250 houses open today for Sustainable House Day, throughout Australia. Including ours 🙂

This is the fact sheet for our house, to give details on what we’ll be talking about. Drop by and say hi!

Sustainable House Day not far off!

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We are opening our house as part of this year’s Sustainable House Day, which is on Sunday September 12. If you’ve been following this blog, you have an idea of what to expect, and this is your chance to drop by to see it in person.

I’ve posted some details on Shmeco, to whet your appetite…

Sustainable House Day (12 September 2010)

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Just a quick note to say that our house will be included in this year’s Sustainable House Day, to be held on September 12. While ours is not a radical example of what can be done, it does show what can be retrofitted to a house without requiring major renovations. We’re also quite proud of our gardening.

More details to come, but put the date in your diary now…