Sustainable House Day started in 2001 as an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES). The aim is to give people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind. You can talk to owners, exchange ideas, get unbiased advice and learn from each other. Visits to the houses are free of charge.
This year over 300 homes will open their doors for tours and give visitors opportunities to see firsthand the benefits and practicality of solar, ventilation, water harvesting, recycling, shading, thermal mass (materials that absorb and release heat), glazing and window treatments, gardens, and lifestyle products.
Architects, builders and specialist service providers will also be on hand at many of the homes to provide expert tips. Click here to see if there is a house open near you.
Local community groups across and councils will also be hosting Sustainable House Day events. Here are some examples of offered events below and more can be found here.
Sustainable House Day Bus Tour - FREE
Jump aboard this guided bus tour that visits three sustainable houses across the Eastern Suburbs that open their doors to visitors as part of National Sustainable House Day. This 'on-the-road workshop', complete with your own a Sustainable House Day 'tour guide' and expert will allow you to not only see first hand some of the most eco-friendly, efficient houses in the area but also to ask questions & discover what you can do to incorporate water and energy efficient technologies in to your home, the use of sustainable building materials and how to avoid waste
WHEN: Sunday 11 September MEET: Bus pick up and set down from location in Bondi Junction Time: 10am-1pm
Sustainable House Info Fest - FREE
This event is a Mini-Expo to profile Sustainable Living, with all-day displays and presentations by householders about their sustainable houses, plus talks on what works effectively for them. The hall is wheelchair accessible and is only a short walk from Redfern station.
Date: Sunday 11th September 2011 Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Event Address: Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street Redfern NSW 2016
Sustainability at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah -FREE
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah will be displaying information on its sustainable practices and buildings, including giant composting, huge worm farms and solar panels.
Date: Sunday 11 September 2011 Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Event Address: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah NSW 2758
Willoughby City Council's Sustainability Hub and Edible Organic Garden - FREE
Willoughby City Council's Sustainability Hub shows practical real-life solutions offering sustainability through renovation to revitalise an ageing Federation style semi-detached cottage
Date: Sunday 11 September 2011 Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Event Address: 'Sustainability Hub', 34 Devonshire Street, Chatswood State NSW 2067
LOVE IT! I have received many emails about volunteering to help show case the houses since I am studying photovoltaics at university. I have always loved the idea of sustainable living. It is such an effective way of living and saving resources and thus the world. I mean we do live quite wastefully.
I believe these show cases are a very great way of educating people, for those who want to change their living habits and really hammering the idea of sustainable living.
I do hope it continues to show case yearly, because as each year passes living energy sustainably would become cheaper and cheaper.
By Hanson Huynh - senior reviewer Saturday, 6th of August @ 02:40 pm