At home with sus­tain­able liv­ing

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LEARN­ING to live much bet­ter with much less is the per­sonal phi­los­o­phy of a Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lor who is pro­mot­ing the Fre­man­tle Sus­tain­able Home Expo.

Cr Rachel Pem­ber­ton said it was a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the work of Fre­man­tle homes and busi­nesses that were in the sus­tain­abil­ity sec­tor.

“I care deeply about re­duc­ing my per­sonal im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment but I also think it’s a re­ally im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses in Freo,” she said.

“We’ve al­ready put our­selves on the map for car­ing about sus­tain­abil­ity… it’s a big point of dif­fer­ence in our econ­omy and we can help it grow.”

For the first time in WA, apart­ments will be on of­fer dur­ing the expo. Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt, who is open­ing his home to the pub­lic, said his ren­o­va­tion was a work in progress.

“The rea­son I wanted to open it up was to show peo­ple sus­tain­able hous­ing is not grand de­signs all done in one year, but it can be small changes over time. I hope peo­ple learn mak­ing changes to your house gives you less wa­ter wastage, less en­ergy and makes it a more pleasant place; it’s not that hard,” he said.

Cr Pem­ber­ton said she hoped peo­ple would im­merse them­selves in how they could ap­ply sus­tain­abil­ity to the home.

“There is no one size fits all so­lu­tion. At the expo peo­ple can see dif­fer­ent ways you can im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity in new builds, old homes and apart­ments,” she said.

“Cur­rently in Aus­tralia 80 per cent of hous­ing is al­ready built; it’s im­por­tant to ap­ply sus­tain­abil­ity to homes al­ready built.”

The Fre­man­tle Sus­tain­able Home Expo will run from Septem­ber 13 to 16.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486410

Cr Rachel Pem­ber­ton with sus­tain­able home own­ers Greg O'Byrne and Matilda and Jenita Enevold­sen.

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