In­spir­ing homes open up their doors

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S best homes de­signed for com­fort and low bills will be open to the pub­lic on Sus­tain­able House Day, tak­ing place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

The na­tional event will give peo­ple a rare view into ex­cep­tional homes de­signed, built or ren­o­vated with en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal liv­ing in mind and al­low them to speak to and learn from home­own­ers.

Held an­nu­ally since 2001, the event is run by the Al­ter­na­tive Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA), a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­motes sus­tain­able liv­ing.

This year, about 250 houses will be open across Aus­tralia on Sus­tain­able House Day with more than 35,000 peo­ple ex­pected to at­tend, and three homes will be open in Indigo Shire.

These homes are: Fat Goose Farm, Beech­worth; Tane Mahuta House, Yackan­dan­dah; and The Snail House, Yackan­dan­dah.

Fay Robin­son from Fat Goose Farm said she is look­ing for­ward to once again be­ing part of Sus­tain­able House Day and show­ing the con­tin­u­ing progress that has been made there to cre­ate a self-sus­tain­ing lifestyle.

She and part­ner Char­lie moved to the prop­erty in 2007 with the ob­jec­tive of be­com­ing as self-suf­fi­cient in food pro­duc­tion as was prac­ti­cal.

They have achieved that ob­jec­tive and now live a life where over 90 per­cent of their food comes from their prop­erty.

To do this, they have con­cen­trated on es­tab­lish­ing a va­ri­ety of food-pro­duc­ing ar­eas and then pro­vided the in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port those.

“It means pro­vid­ing enough water for cur­rent and fu­ture needs, us­ing our waste as a re­source and not hav­ing to rely on out­side agen­cies for dis­posal,” Ms Robin­son said.

“We’ve cre­ated or­na­men­tal vis­tas in­cor­po­rat­ing many va­ri­eties of fruits and veg­eta­bles, and then pro­vid­ing the stor­age fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure that we have a year-round sup­ply of food.”

The cou­ple’s water is heated via a so­lar heater con­nected to a cast iron stove and a 4.5kW grid-con­nect PV sys­tem al­lows them to feed ex­cess power back to the grid.

ATA chief ex­ec­u­tive Donna Luck­man said Sus­tain­able House Day was a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come and learn how to make their own home more com­fort­able, more live­able and cheaper to run.

“A home that works – that’s well-de­signed, healthy and runs ef­fi­ciently in an age of high en­ergy costs – is what ev­ery­one wants.

“That’s what peo­ple will see on Sus­tain­able House Day this year.”

All homes open­ing their doors on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16 have a min­i­mum of four sus­tain­able fea­tures, in­clud­ing sus­tain­able life­styles and en­ergy sav­ing and healthy home prac­tices.

To view the pro­files and find full de­tails of this year’s homes open­ing on Sus­tain­able House Day and to reg­is­ter to at­tend visit sus­tain­able­house­day.com. AD­VER­TISER, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6, 2018 -

OFF THE GRID: This eco-friendly Tane Mahuta House in Yackan­dan­dah is one of three houses in the Indigo Shire to be open to the pub­lic for Sus­tain­able House Day next Sun­day.

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