Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

SUS­TAIN­ABLE home own­ers are throw­ing their doors open this month to in­spire and ed­u­cate oth­ers on “green” liv­ing.

Sus­tain­able House Day 2014 is be­ing held over two Sun­days – Septem­ber 7 and Septem­ber 14, be­tween 10am and 4pm.

More than 150 homes across the coun­try will be open to the pub­lic to demon­strate the ben­e­fits of in­te­grat­ing re­new­able en­ergy, re­cy­cling and other sus­tain­able prac­tices into homes.

Own­ers will be on hand to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with vis­i­tors and pro­vide tips.

One par­tic­i­pat­ing home­owner, ar­chi­tect David Ver­non, said sus­tain­able homes worked with na­ture.

“A con­tem­po­rary home must utilise all that our en­vi­ron­ment of­fers – a low, warm­ing sun in win­ter, cool­ing shade and sea breezes in sum­mer, while al­low­ing for fresh air, con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter, min­imi­sa­tion of en­ergy use and the re­spon­si­ble use of ma­te­rial,” he said.

Started in 2001 as an ini- tia­tive of the Aus­tralian So­lar Coun­cil, the event has in­cluded more than 1000 homes that have been opened to more than 100,000 Aus­tralians.

The ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped to com­bat the grow­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of Aus­tralian homes and gen­er­ate ed­u­ca­tion on ecofriendly prac­tices.

Or­gan­is­ers said Aus­tralia’s en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print re­quired na­tional at­ten­tion, with stud­ies show­ing that each house­hold con­trib­uted up to 13 tonnes of green­house gas to the at­mos­phere yearly, enough to fill more than 700 bal­loons ev­ery day, and also draws around 73,000 buck­ets of wa­ter a year – enough to fill 12 baths a day.

Sus­tain­able House Day 2014 aims to pro­mote ac­tiv­i­ties that are eas­ily im­ple­mented by the wider com­mu­nity and will re­duce en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts in the long term.

For more in­for­ma­tion on each home, and a full list of par­tic­i­pat­ing homes around Aus­tralia, go to www.sus­tain­able­house­day.com

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