Sustainable House Day is a great opportunity to get inspired by Australia’s leading green homes.
It’s not just about being environmentally friendly, the homes being showcased have been designed very much with comfort and low bills in mind.
For more than 17 years, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has been running the event. It’s a not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainable living.
“Sustainable House Day is a great opportunity to come and learn how to make your own home more comfortable, more liveable and cheaper to run,” said Donna Luckman, the ATA’s chief executive.
“A home that works – that’s well-designed, healthy and runs efficiently in an age of high energy costs – is what everyone wants.”
Sydney-based sustainable architect Caroline Pidcock says it’s more than just energy and water but broadening to include healthly and sustainable materials.
“We’re now looking at how our homes can connect more with nature and locating our homes where we can do a lot more walking or cycling.”
“We don’t need as much space now to live well.”
Keeping things simple is one way to enjoy low-cost easy living, and perhaps why the tiny house movement is gaining momentum.
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Tiny homes are not just about their cute looks, they can satisfy that desire to create a more sustainable lifestyle and live more lightly on the planet.
As these micro-houses are so small they need much less energy consumption overall for heating and cooling. Even lighting a small space is easier. Tiny houses with solar panels have an even smaller carbon footprint.
A great example of how tiny houses can be suitable for everyone is a home designed and built by Tiny Footprint in Kinglake West, Victoria.
It was designed specifically for an 83-year-old lady with a ‘lift’ bed. It includes a mobility-friendly bathroom and ramp to the house. In fact, everything in this home has been designed for independent living.
Founder of Fred’s Tiny Houses, Fred Schultz says even minimally insulated tiny houses can be warm in winter, no matter what the means of heating.
Based in Castlemaine, Fred runs workshops that teach people about important design considerations for a tiny house, and says having designed, built and lived with his family in an off-grid tiny house has armed him with experience and pragmatic ingenuity.