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Sustainable House Day 2011

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Kate Archdeacon on August 30th, 2011

11 September , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Sustainable House Day, Sunday 11th September, will be celebrating its 10th year, the event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

Houses are open for FREE between 10am and 4pm.

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.

Check out the house locations pages to see if there is house open near you, this list will keep getting updated until the event, so be sure to check back in.

Sunday 11th Sept 10am – 4pm

Sustainable Homes Expo

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 28th, 2011

6 August , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Come along to the Sustainable homes Expo 2011! The Sustainable Homes Expo is held every second year, and is a major local environmental event.

Residents can learn about the many ways to make their home more sustainable at our family-friendly Sustainable Homes Expo. Come along to the expo and hop on your bike to try to generate enough energy to run the Expo at the Future Spark Power Trailer.

This major local environmental event is free to attend and can help you learn how to:

  • make smarter decisions by better understanding the range of home sustainability products and services available in this ever-growing market
  • more effectively reduce your energy and water use at home, saving you money
  • create a chemical-free home
  • make the most efficient use of your property
  • know what features and orientation to look for in an older home to make future sustainable renovations more effective
  • build using eco-friendly materials

The event will feature:

  • live music by The Right Brothers
  • a range of sustainable food options for purchase, as well as fresh coffee from the Friends of Baucau
  • the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) energy trailer with fun, interactive displays about how energy is created and used by household appliances
  • sustainability presentations from Water Watch, about the good, the bad and the ugly water bugs that affect the health of our waterways

Children’s entertainment will include:

  • face painting
  • craft making
  • environmental performers, The Connies

The expo will feature a range of exhibitors showcasing everyday sustainable alternatives from eco-friendly cleaning products to reusable nappies.

Saturday August 6, 10 – 4

Plenty Ranges Arts and ConventionCentre
35 Ferres Boulevard
South Morang (Mel 183 A10)

Visit the website for more information.

Glazing Your Home: CERES Workshop

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 17th, 2010

25 September , 2010
1:30 pmto3:30 pm

Image: nhoulihan via flickr CC

Windows are great for letting light into your home, but they can also let out a lot of heat. Efficient windows are key to keeping your house warm in winter and cool in summer. This workshop covers everything you need to know about making your windows more thermally efficient; from draught proofing and window coverings to shading and secondary glazing.

Saturday 25th September 2010 1.30PM—3.30PM
$35/$25 CERES member/concession
Location: CERES Eco House, East Brunswick

Sustainable House Day 2010

Posted in Events, Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 9th, 2010

12 September , 2010
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Source: Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

The ninth annual Sustainable House Day on Sunday 12 September will showcase some of Australia’s most environmentally sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling and other practices designed to lessen our impact on the environment. Environmental awareness – or being ‘green’ – is great, but putting it into practice around your own home is the best contribution you can make to living in harmony with our planet.

Find out directly from home owners who’ve put sustainable living into practice, about reducing waste around your home, saving water, natural home heating and cooling and more.

Sunday 12th Sept, 10am-4pm

Earth Building Conference 2010

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 11th, 2010

EBAA 2010 Earth Building Conference

Is Insulation the answer to energy efficiency? Has the approach since 2003 been a success? Are 5 Star homes really that good? What about thermal mass and good design? We have had difficulty understanding why computers don’t like earth buildings. Some high profile academics also have concerns with NatHers. How can you build an energy efficient earth home? How can you build a Bushfire safe home? What is the best material in flame zone construction? What about fire bunkers? How to use earth in ways you never dreamed of revealed in a day of workshops? Get your hands dirty!  Conference speakers are still being confirmed, but the focus areas will be: – Affordable housing – Flame zone and bunkers – Challenging bunker regulations – Forum: energy efficient earth houses – Workshops including Building a fire bunker Soil & brick Testing Brick production – Guest speaker dinner, Saturday night at Montsalvat.

17 & 18 September 2010
Eltham Community and Reception Centre
801 Main Road, Eltham 3095

Check out your next issue of Dirt and for updates.

Distributed rainwater tank system: viable for new houses

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 16th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

CERES has demonstrated the viability of a distributed rainwater tank system for small buildings with surrounding gardens.  CERES received a Smart Water Fund grant in 2006 to install a water catchment and retrieval system using rainwater tanks.  The project aimed to educate people on water tank systems that could be applied to a community of houses, such as a housing estate.  “Our system consists of a number of small above ground tanks located next to buildings, with one central underground tank,” said project manager Stephen Mushin. “Rainwater is collected in the local tanks from each roof onsite and stored for irrigation of surrounding gardens.”

“Overflow from the localised tanks is collected in a 50,000 litre central underground tank, from which water can be retrieved using a solar pump to a header tank,” he said.  According to Mr Mushin, the system may work well when applied to a community of houses, such as housing subdivisions where there are several roofs in close proximity.  “The system is suitable for sites with multiple buildings that have localised watering needs,” he said.

“There is potential for this kind of system to be applied to community housing in a cost effective way. This kind of water installation will save residents money and reduce their impact on the environment.”

CERES is a public park on a nine acre, government-owned site. About 150 staff are involved in education, organic farming and other environment and sustainability projects to encourage a sustainable society.

For more information on CERES and its sustainable projects, visit:

2009 Sustainable House Tour: Beechworth

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 3rd, 2009

Image: Rammed Earth Home by GreenHouse

Visit homes within the Beechworth (North East Victoria) area that illustrate elements of sustainable house design. Be presented with elements of passive solar design including orientation, thermal mass, ventilation, insulation and zoning, and talk with owners and builders.  The 2008 houses included rammed earth, poured earth and strawbale examples.

Our aim is to showcase sustainable houses within a 10 kilometer radius of Beechworth that show certain aspects of sustainable house design well. While all the houses will show many aspects of sustainable house design, we have chosen the houses, we think, that best reflect certain aspects of sustainable house design.

Saturday 14th November, 2009, 10am to 3pm.

Tickets cost are $15 for adults, $25 for a couple (2 adults) and children under 16 are free. Cyclists receive a 50% discount.  Tickets can be purchased from the Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre, 30Ford Street Beechworth.

Visit the website for more details, including accommodation in the area.

Research Calls for Climate Safe Houses

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2009

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation
Image: treehugger

The release of a new report signals the beginning of a national campaign to provide green makeovers for our existing homes, and set zero emissions and water efficiency standards for new houses and neighbourhoods over the next decade.

In the wake of Victoria’s warmest and driest winter on record, environment groups have called for new building standards to reduce emissions and water use, and to help the state’s homes and families cope with future temperature and price shocks.

The report, ‘Towards climate safe homes’, highlights how Victorian houses and neighbourhoods could become zero emissions and water efficient by 2020. The report was prepared by Environment Victoria in partnership with Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Friends of the Earth (FoE) and the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL).

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Sustainable House Day

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on September 2nd, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Sustainable house day-large

Sustainable House Day is on again!

Sunday 13th September 2009. Houses open between 10am and 4pm

This is the 8th year of the successful Sustainable House Day – where houses across Australia are opened to show you how to live more sustainably.

And this year it’s FREE!

Environmental awareness – or being ‘green’ – is great, but putting it into practice around your own home is the best contribution you can make to living in harmony with our planet.

Find out direct from home owners who’ve put sustainable living into practice, about reducing waste around your home, saving water, natural home heating and cooling and more.