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SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY

Time: September 11, 2016 from 10am to 4pm
Location: Eumundi
Street: 26 William Rd
City/Town: Eumundi
Website or Map: http://sustainablehouseday.co…
Event Type: open house
Organized By: Alternative Technology Association
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2016

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With our home we have tried to use locally sourced and recyclable materials as much as possible. This includes secondhand windows and doors, locally sourced and recycled timbers, locally produced Rockcote paint and an upcycled kitchen. The small house has been designed to extend as the family grows and allows for financial sustainability.

Other features include Weathertex cladding, a Gabion basket (local rock) retaining wall, feature Cob wall and a bridge pier pergola for shade, privacy and food production. water tanks collect water for the toilets and laundry with plumbing set up for future greywater use. We are starting to develop a permaculture garden and revegetation of the waterway.

SUNDAY 11TH SEPT 10AM TO 4PM

26 WILLIAM RD, EUMUNDI

Check the Sustainable House website for more houses in Qld and Australia you might find interesting.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 12, 2016 at 12:51

It can be depressing to see lovely houses with everything which opens and shuts. Reminds me of one we saw around Maleny. Stand-alone solar with a whole room full of batteries and electronics; Bamboo flooring; Biolytix. I did find out about Bokashi tho.

Everyone can do something! Even if you cannot afford in-ceiling insulation, you may be able to buy or make thermal curtains. We have them, lined with some stuff which keeps a lot of the heat out if you get them closed before the sun hits them.

Then there's the lights, compact fluros or now LEDs. Composting, using waste water from the washing machine on the garden.

Every little helps and none costs a great deal, matter of opinion of course but there's always something you can do NOW. 

Comment by Sophie on September 12, 2016 at 11:04

That's great. I visited 2 houses in Bris for this yesterday - one in Holland Park and one at Coopers Plains. Was great but I do say, does not compare to our GVs! I was hanging out for more garden talk! Lots about water and energy saving/sufficiency. Sounds like most features in these houses require huge upfront investment (solar panels and heat pumps, massive rainwater reservoirs etc) though if you have the capital, will eventually pay itself off. Something to think about.  Do like the solar ovens - especially with my slow cooking breaking down... We will need to do a lot of retrofitting at our place I think to enter for next year ;)

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on September 12, 2016 at 5:28

cant wait to see the photos = done ask me - dont have a phone cabable of taking photoslet alone get them off! - we wanted to go see it too but were busy else where - so glad you enjoyed it ! - they must not live in the Moreton bay shire- they wouldnt let us build either an undeground house or a roof top garden - this was our inspiration but as noone had already built one that their engeeners could inspect it was not going to happen withour huge extra expense to us = spo much for them bing a green council ! 

Comment by Lissa on September 12, 2016 at 5:02

Went along and took lots of photos - which are on my mobile phone and I have no idea how to get them on to my computer - if anyone wants to see them. 

Very inspirational home the way they have used recycled bits to build the house. It's small, but not a tiny house. But then the couple have two small children.

Built on the side of a steeply sloping hill the view from the back porch is quite wonderful. They hope to do an extension of the house as the kids grow and create a roof top garden. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 6, 2016 at 8:15

Those events are just so interesting!

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