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