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No Place Like An Eco-Home!

Date: 17-Aug-09

Sust House Day

Around 170 homes around the country will open their doors for this year's Sustainable House Day on Sunday 13 September. Presented by Solar Shop Australia, this is a great opportunity to see what sustainable home-owners have done and how these ideas can apply to you.

Save time and money by visiting real sustainable projects in action, and learning what worked well and not so well. There will be plenty of info available on the day, with architects, builders and energy auditors on hand at many of the homes to provide you with expert tips on sustainable living.    Entry to the houses is free. The house locations are spread around metro and regional areas across Australia.

For locations and more details visit www.sustainablehouseday.com  

At The Foot Of Mount Olive

Alastair & Helen Breingan describe their Sustainable House in Upper Lansdowne, NSW.

We bought our property at the foot of Mount Olive over 15 years ago, having fallen in love with the area, and later saw several beautifully built low impact homes designed and built by Gisela and Walter Duber. We carefully drew up plans for the home over two years, and, in 2005, moved up to be involved in the building, which was completed eleven months later.

The house is a passive solar, high thermal mass, mud-brick home, built round a circular core with cathedral ceilings in the living area. The 70 tons of interior wall smooths out temperature extremes, despite the extensive windows; and it stays under 26° unless we get multiple days above 40°.

In winter, fallen wood from the property is used for heating, including boosting the solar hot water. All waste water is reused on the orchard after processing in a reed bed, while the Solar PV system generates 90% of our electricity needs and should export an excess to the grid when our ancient fridge and freezer are replaced!

We keep chooks for eggs and to ‘tractor' the vegie patch while the orchard produces citrus, stone-fruit, pecans and macadamias. We are thrilled with the way our home combines comfort, beauty and efficiency.

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