Bassendean home on dis­play for Sus­tain­able House Day

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BASSENDEAN build­ing de­signer Romona San­don will be open­ing up her sus­tain­able home for the first time for Sus­tain­able House Day on Septem­ber 16.

The day is part of an Aus­tralia-wide event where about 250 houses across the coun­try are opened to the pub­lic.

Ms San­don’s James Street house is one of three which will be dis­played on a bus tour or­gan­ised by En­vi­ron­ment House in Bayswa­ter and guided by Al­ter­na­tive Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion WA com­mit­tee mem­ber Kim Wilkin­son.

The bus will leave En­vi­ron­ment House at 9am and visit each house for 45 min­utes, where the fea­tures, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies will be dis­cussed.

Com­ing from a sus­tain­able architecture back­ground, Ms San­don built her “eco-home” in 2016.

Her home fea­tures pas­sive so­lar de­sign prin­ci­ples in­clud­ing large north-fac­ing win­dows and doors al­low­ing in win­ter sun­light, in­su­lated cav­ity bricks, cross-ven­ti­la­tion, so­lar­pow­ered LED night light­ing and low Volatile Or­ganic Com­pounds paints and car­pets.

She said her home also en­cour­aged her fam­ily to tran­si­tion to a low-waste way of liv­ing.

“Or­ganic waste goes into our Bokashi bins and by re­duc­ing the pur­chase of sin­gle-use plas­tics and pack­ag­ing, our land­fill waste has sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased,” she said.

“I also wanted to show­case that an ‘eco-home’ does not have to look a par­tic­u­lar way or cost the earth.

“Most peo­ple that visit my home have no idea that it is a pas­sive so­lar-de­signed home un­til they say how com­fort­able it is and ask where the heaters or air­con­di­tion­ers are – there are none.”

Her aim was to in­spire peo­ple to live sus­tain­ably and show them how to lower en­ergy bills and help the en­vi­ron­ment through good home de­sign, prac­tices and tech­nol­ogy.

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Build­ing de­signer Romona San­don at her sus­tain­able and eco-friendly home.

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