Home open show­cases sus­tain­abil­ity

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

A smartly built house at Robin­son called the Race­course Road Res­i­dence will be open­ing to teach the pub­lic how to im­prove their homes for Sus­tain­able House Day.

The na­tional event is in­tended to pro­mote all as­pects of sus­tain­able de­sign.

Owner and ar­chi­tect of the only home to be open on the day in the re­gion, Julie De Jong, said peo­ple could speak to her about the de­ci­sions that were made and how they are work­ing.

“The house rep­re­sents sus­tain­able de­sign con­cepts and so­lar pas­sive de­sign, in­clud­ing lots of al­ter­na­tive ma­te­ri­als and ideas that have been in­cor­po­rated into the home,” she said.

“We are just try­ing to in­crease aware­ness of how sim­ple it re­ally is to de­sign sus­tain­ably and re­duce build­ing costs and run­ning costs.

“Max­imis­ing so­lar pas­sive de­sign and cross ven­ti­la­tion so that peo­ple don’t have to rely on ex­pen­sive air-con­di­tion­ing.”

Durable ma­te­ri­als and en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient de­signs are part of the home open, in­clud­ing win­dow and door place­ments.

The home was fin­ished in 2016 and data recorded to show tem­per­a­tures and costs will be avail­able to vis­i­tors.

Doors will open on Sun­day, Septem­ber, 16, from 10am to 1pm and en­try is free.

The event is run by the not-for­profit Al­ter­na­tive Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) to pro­mote sus­tain­able liv­ing and 350 houses open na­tion­wide.

The pro­file of the house is on the Sus­tain­able House Day web­site.

PIc­tures: Lee Grif­fiths

De­sign in­cludes win­dow place­ment.

The Race­course Road Res­i­dence.

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