Posts Tagged ‘housing’

The Housing We’d Choose: Grattan Report Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2011

27 June , 2011
5:45 pmto7:00 pm

Image: via flickr CC

Ask Australians what kind of home they want, and odds are they will say a detached house on a big block. The new report from the Grattan Cities Program, The Housing We’d Choose, shows that when residents are asked to make real-world trade-offs between housing and location, the picture is far more varied. The report examines both what Australians say they want from housing in their cities, and the incentives that make it difficult for new construction to meet this demand. Come and hear Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly in conversation with John Daley on the challenges to Australian cities and governments presented by The Housing We’d Choose.

Monday 27 June 2011

Registration at 5:45 pm Seminar 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

For further information please telephone 03 8344 3637 or visit our website at

Australia’s Premier Handbook on Sustainable Homes Design

Posted in Research, Visions by sashashtargot on May 9th, 2011

From the Passive Design Section: Solar shading in Summer and heating in Winter using trees or eaves.

The updated fourth edition of Your Home Technical Manual is now available.

Your Home is a thorough compendium with 340 pages of environmentally sustainable solutions for designing and building a home.  For people who are building, buying or renovating, it shows how to make a more comfortable home that has less impact on the environment – one that will also be more economical, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs.

A project of the Federal Government in collaboration with the building and design industry, Your Home is written by architects, designers and builders and edited by award-winning architect Paul Downton. The fourth edition has updates on insulation, lighting and solar hot water.

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to:

  • Building with sustainable materials
  • Passive solar design
  • Designing and building for your climate
  • How to collect and save water
  • Insulation products and installation
  • Shading and ventilation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Solar hot water
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Renewable energy for home

The manual is available for download (section by section) from the website.  Hard copies are available for purchase from The Alternative Technology Association’s Online Shop or contact the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on (03) 9631 5401.

Your Home Technical Manual is distributed by the ATA, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, green building and water saving in the home.





Refit n’ Save in Ballarat

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 10th, 2011

Source: BREAZE

Refit your home to become more sustainable without costing the earth!

There’s never been a better time to update your home, thanks to the Refit n’ Save project being run in Ballarat in 2011. When you sign up to the Refit n’ Save network you can access free advice, monthly workshops and discounted products through local suppliers, to make your home more comfortable, more affordable and more sustainable. Whether you’re looking for advice about the right kind of hot water system, or the best way to draught-proof your home, the Refit n’ Save network can put you on the right track.

Refit n’ Save launches in Ballarat with a free Energy Smart Solar Electricity workshop on March 16 – where network members will have the chance to purchase solar systems at reduced prices!  That’s followed up with a FREE DIY Energy Smart Workshop on March 24. Simon Reid will take participants through quick, easy, low-cost or no-cost DIY actions that will make your home more energy efficient – reducing your energy bills and your pollution.

Visit the Breaze website for more information or to register.

Reverse Shadow Casting in Northcote

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on October 20th, 2010

Source: Inhabitat

© Photo by Ben Hoskins

From “Striking Australian Home is Shaped by the Sun’s Path” by Bridgette Meinhold

This amazing modern home in Northcote, Melbourne, features a building envelope that was carefully shaped to ensure maximum sun exposure in the backyard. The owners wanted to be sure they had full sun exposure in their garden to be able to grow vegetables year round, so Australia-based firm, Harrison & White focused upon smart solar design as one of the home’s most important strategies. The architects used a technique called “reverse shadow casting” to design the exterior and included sustainable materials like recycled plastic decking for the shade screen.


The completely sunlight garden space was achieved by cutting away parts of the home to allow both morning and evening sun to hit the backyard. This process is called reverse shadow casting – taking the area of space that is to have direct light and extruding it along the different paths of the sun. This area is then subtracted away from the area of the house, and what is left is a complex form designed with the aid of computer modelling.

After the form of the home was decided upon, the exterior of the house was fitted with a shade screen and ballustrading made out of NewTech™-CleverDeck® composite decking, which is made from recycled milk bottles and risk {sic} husks. The shade screen helps protect the interior of the home from solar exposure. Bamboo was used for the flooring inside the two-bedroom home, and durable white-coated steel was used for the exterior. The ground floor living space opens completely to the back yard and garden, while accordion doors aid in natural ventilation.

Read the full article by Bridgette Meinhold.

Green Moves: Sustainable Properties in Australia

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 1st, 2010

Source: Green Renters

In the past we (Green Renters) attempted to start our own listings service for environmentally friendly rental property and that didn’t really work…

Then we linked up with a US site, that didn’t really work either…

So imagine how happy we were when we came across a new Australian based service called ‘Green Moves’, who do exactly what you’ve all been asking for and much more! Green Moves not only list your sustainable property but also assess them (to current Australian standards) to create a reliable and consistent standard for listings across the site.

So if you’re a tenant looking for a new home, or a landlord looking to list your property to like minded tenants, then drop on by!

Forum: More Housing Along Tram Corridors

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 30th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

melbourne tram share the road
Image: sensesmaybenumbed via Flickr

Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Transport Planning Chapter Forum: Can we accommodate more people living along Melbourne’s tram lines?

Wednesday 15th July, 2009 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Speed Renting

Posted in Models by k2 on June 18th, 2009

Speed Renting is a fast and enjoyable way for prospective tenants to connect in a comfortable atmosphere with those who have spare rooms or properties available. Have a drink and find a housemate!

Our next event will be 6:30-8, Tuesday June 23rd at the Comfortable Chair, Lygon St (north of Brunswick Rd).

Please register your interest so we can coordinate householders with room seekers.

Iain Walker, Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Sharing, 26th February 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on March 19th, 2009

Iain Walker, Promoter, Banyule E Cohousing project and Sustainable Living Foundation Convenor Cohousing / Intentional Communities Group, promotes the idea of sharing houses, ie. co-housing, in order to address sustainability issues. His presentation is titled, ‘Co-housing a sustainable solution that works‘ which emphasizes the theme of sharing and the importance of that theme in achieving sustainability.

Shared Dinner Community House

Shared Dinner Community House

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