Sustainable House Day 2013

Doors will open to curious crowds for Sustainable House Day (SHD) on 8 September 2013.

Homeowners around Australia are aided by community groups and volunteers as they set this Sunday aside to guide visitors through their homes in the name of sustainable design and living.

Solar passive house design, energy efficient appliances, solar power and solar hot water, sustainable products and innovative and recycled materials are just some of the features you can expect to see in homes on the day. It’s a chance to see what resourceful homeowners, whether they are owner-builders, renovators or designers, have done to make their homes energy efficient, environmentally responsible and built for life.

It’s the homeowners who really make SHD a success. They share their triumphs, challenges and their learning experiences from their journey to create a liveable and sustainable home. Many have found past SHDs so helpful for their own projects they are happy to share their own experiences.

“We opened for Sustainable House Day in 2012 to allow other people to benefit from our learnings as we have learnt from others. We also wanted to show people that building a sustainable house is not a daunting task,” says Melbourne homeowner Peter Whelan.

Running since 2001, the day always attracts thousands of visitors. In 2012, over 200 homeowners opened their doors to over 40,000 visitors around Australia. This year, a similar number are expected to open again. The 2013 event will also feature some special events. In Western Australia, Josh Byrne will officially launch his Josh’s House Project. In South Australia, the Zero Carbon House will be open for the first time to the public and in the ACT a people will be able to visit a carbon zero dairy farm.

This SHD special features houses from around the country that will open this year or have opened in the past. Inside, you’ll also find tips on the basics of sustainable design.

See Sanctuary Issue 24 for profiles and interviews with homeowners who have opened their doors on Sustainable House Day in previous years.

More information on the Sustainable House Day website.

 

 

 

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Cover of Issue 24
You can read more about Sustainable House Day 2013 in Issue 24 of Sanctuary magazine.

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