‘GREEN’ HOMES OPEN DOORS
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