Green homes open doors

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Two homes in Be­nalla, de­signed for com­fort and low bills, will be open to the pub­lic on Sus­tain­able House Day, Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

The na­tional event will give peo­ple a rare view into ex­cep­tional homes de­signed, built or ren­o­vated with en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal liv­ing in mind.

Tiny liv­ing, so­lar with bat­tery stor­age, sus­tain­able gar­dens, re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and in­no­va­tive en­ergy ef­fi­cient de­sign are just some of the fea­tures peo­ple are likely to see on the day.

This year about 250 houses will be open across Aus­tralia on Sus­tain­able House Day with more than 35 000 peo­ple ex­pected to at­tend.

Held an­nu­ally since 2001, the event is run by the Al­ter­na­tive Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA), a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­motes sus­tain­able liv­ing.

‘‘Sus­tain­able House Day is a great op­por­tu­nity to come and learn how to make your own home more com­fort­able, more live­able and cheaper to run,’’ ATA’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Donna Luck­man said.

‘‘A home that works, that’s well-de­signed, healthy and runs ef­fi­ciently in an age of high en­ergy costs is what ev­ery­one wants.

‘‘That’s what peo­ple will see on Sus­tain­able House Day this year.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the homes that will be open in Be­nalla on Sus­tain­able House Day, and to reg­is­ter to at­tend, visit sus­tain­able­house­day.com

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