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Sustainable House Day: You Are Cordially Invited

by: Ariana M
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As a global platform, WhatsOrb presents an opportunity to share interesting local events and holidays related to sustainability with the world. So today, I would like to share with you a great initiative coming from the Land Down Under – Sustainable House Day.

Sustainable House Day’s Goal Is to Inspire People

Established in 2001, this event allows Australians to visit and learn from the most environmentally friendly houses in the country. Sustainable House Day’s goal is to inspire people to live more sustainably and show how they can reduce their energy bills and help the environment. This is a unique opportunity for Australians to meet the people that have transformed their living and working spaces, learn from their experience and get a lot of practical information on how to make their own houses 'greener'. Unfortunately for those of us that aren’t in Australia on that day, we cannot see the homes in person, but luckily we can still have a peek at some of these unique dwellings.

The Garden Of Eco-Friendly Delights

Photo by the owner, taken from Sustainable House Day listing

First up is Jaspar’s Home and Gardens. It is an excellent example of an existing home that was improved upon to make it more sustainable and support surrounding wildlife. The house features solar panels that provide low-cost electricity and re-glazed and draught-proofed sash windows that help insulate the home. There are also above-ground water tanks that supply all water throughout the house, including drinking water.

While the house itself is quite “green,” it is the garden that can become a great example of sustainability that goes beyond reducing resource usage. The garden beds are watered with filtered grey water and are covered with deep mulch to retain the moisture. Jasper grows many fruit trees and vegetables without the use of any artificial fertilizers, making it all that much more enjoyable. When he has any vegetable waste from cooking, he puts it into his worm farms to compost that can later be used to grow more vegetables. In the meanwhile, his six native bee hives help with flower fertilization, and ducks assist with pest control. Lastly, he created habitats such as water features, log piles, drilled logs, and others to increase local wildlife. This is a truly great use of his resources that takes sustainability to a new level – and by his estimations, all of the improvements cost him a mere AUD 30,000 (approx. EUR 18’500 or USD 21’000)!

Latest In Sustainable House Construction

Photo by the owner, taken from the Sustainable House Day listing

Another exciting example is Lekofly, an builds Melbourne display center that a result of a holistic approach to sustainability. This house demonstrates how a combination of various materials and technologies can create a modern, stylish building that will save consumers hundreds of dollars every year in energy costs.

With iBuild’s technology, sustainability starts with materials. They use recyclable and locally sourced materials that are termite and fire resistant and are guaranteed to last. These materials are used to produce unique modules that are then transported to the final destinations and assembled into finished houses. This model allows them to cut down transportation emissions, costs, and time, as well as leave the neighbors happier due to lack of noise and dust pollution. The finished product is a high energy efficient house that can be disassembled and relocated at any time. Naturally, one can add features like solar panels and water tanks to make it more self-sufficient.

A Self-Sufficient Tiny House With A Small Footprint

Photo by Richard Ellender, taken from Sustainable House Day listing

And of course, this list won’t be complete without a tiny house. The Mayflower was designed and constructed by Tiny Footprint in just eight weeks. Its design is truly stunning, and it wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine, while creative use of space makes it feel much bigger than it is. However, the true beauty of this house lies in its use of sustainable solutions.

Recommended: Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny House Built With A 3D Printer.

The Mayflower was designed to be used off-grid and thus has no dependence on mains electricity, water, and septic. This is achieved by using a composting toilet, low flow showerhead, specialized rain, and greywater collection systems, energy-efficient lights and appliances, and of course solar panels. The house is completely insulated, allowing it to stay warm during winter with little need for heating. At the same time, the ceiling fan and carefully positioned windows and skylights provide the much-needed cooling during hot Australian summers.

Does your house have sustainable features? Or have you visited one of the places during the event this year? Share your pictures and stories with us on social media, and don’t forget to tag WhatsOrb so we can see it!

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Sustainable House Day: You Are Cordially Invited

As a global platform, WhatsOrb presents an opportunity to share interesting local events and holidays related to sustainability with the world. So today, I would like to share with you a great initiative coming from the Land Down Under – Sustainable House Day. Sustainable House Day’s Goal Is to Inspire People Established in 2001, this event allows Australians to visit and learn from the most environmentally friendly houses in the country. Sustainable House Day’s goal is to inspire people to live more sustainably and show how they can reduce their energy bills and help the environment. This is a unique opportunity for Australians to meet the people that have transformed their living and working spaces, learn from their experience and get a lot of practical information on how to make their own houses 'greener'. Unfortunately for those of us that aren’t in Australia on that day, we cannot see the homes in person, but luckily we can still have a peek at some of these unique dwellings. The Garden Of Eco-Friendly Delights Photo by the owner, taken from Sustainable House Day listing First up is Jaspar’s Home and Gardens. It is an excellent example of an existing home that was improved upon to make it more sustainable and support surrounding wildlife. The house features solar panels that provide low-cost electricity and re-glazed and draught-proofed sash windows that help insulate the home. There are also above-ground water tanks that supply all water throughout the house, including drinking water. While the house itself is quite “green,” it is the garden that can become a great example of sustainability that goes beyond reducing resource usage. The garden beds are watered with filtered grey water and are covered with deep mulch to retain the moisture. Jasper grows many fruit trees and vegetables without the use of any artificial fertilizers, making it all that much more enjoyable. When he has any vegetable waste from cooking, he puts it into his worm farms to compost that can later be used to grow more vegetables. In the meanwhile, his six native bee hives help with flower fertilization, and ducks assist with pest control. Lastly, he created habitats such as water features, log piles, drilled logs, and others to increase local wildlife. This is a truly great use of his resources that takes sustainability to a new level – and by his estimations, all of the improvements cost him a mere AUD 30,000 (approx. EUR 18’500 or USD 21’000)! Latest In Sustainable House Construction Photo by the owner, taken from the Sustainable House Day listing Another exciting example is Lekofly, an builds Melbourne display center that a result of a holistic approach to sustainability. This house demonstrates how a combination of various materials and technologies can create a modern, stylish building that will save consumers hundreds of dollars every year in energy costs. With iBuild’s technology, sustainability starts with materials. They use recyclable and locally sourced materials that are termite and fire resistant and are guaranteed to last. These materials are used to produce unique modules that are then transported to the final destinations and assembled into finished houses. This model allows them to cut down transportation emissions, costs, and time, as well as leave the neighbors happier due to lack of noise and dust pollution. The finished product is a high energy efficient house that can be disassembled and relocated at any time. Naturally, one can add features like solar panels and water tanks to make it more self-sufficient. A Self-Sufficient Tiny House With A Small Footprint Photo by Richard Ellender, taken from Sustainable House Day listing And of course, this list won’t be complete without a tiny house. The Mayflower was designed and constructed by Tiny Footprint in just eight weeks. Its design is truly stunning, and it wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine, while creative use of space makes it feel much bigger than it is. However, the true beauty of this house lies in its use of sustainable solutions. Recommended:  Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny House Built With A 3D Printer . The Mayflower was designed to be used off-grid and thus has no dependence on mains electricity, water, and septic. This is achieved by using a composting toilet, low flow showerhead, specialized rain, and greywater collection systems, energy-efficient lights and appliances, and of course solar panels. The house is completely insulated, allowing it to stay warm during winter with little need for heating. At the same time, the ceiling fan and carefully positioned windows and skylights provide the much-needed cooling during hot Australian summers. Does your house have sustainable features? Or have you visited one of the places during the event this year? Share your pictures and stories with us on social media, and don’t forget to tag WhatsOrb so we can see it! Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about green architecture?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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