The Sustainable House is a dream come true for former environmental lawyer Michael Mobbs. Despite living in Sydney's CBD, Michael was able to propose plans for a self-sufficient house that would generate its own water and electricity from rainfall and solar power, process its own waste on-site, and grow its own food.
Now, almost 20 years later, Mobbs has transformed his house into a lean, green, eco-friendly machine. The house has solar panels on the roof as well as a battery operated back-up generator to provide electricity. A rainwater tank provides the house with water that is later filtered for use inside the house. The backyard is fitted with a sewage system that processes all wastes onsite, while recycling the water. Mobbs also has a herb and vegetable garden, as well as a chicken coop to provide eggs. When you consider the fact that the house is on a block of land that is 35m by 5m, Mobbs' vision becomes even more remarkable.
Mobbs offers tours of his house every second Saturday, from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The tours cost $15 per person, and the aim of each tour is to show you how you can live off-grid, without sacrificing luxury and comfort. I'd recommend this tour for anyone who wants to learn how to live sustainably, as well as those interested in building or converting to eco-friendly houses. The house is situated at 58 Myrtle St, Chippendale, a short distance from both Central and Redfern train stations. Even if you're not a homeowner right now, I'd recommend this tour, as Mobbs is an expert in his field, and can provide great insights and tips on how to live sustainably.