Category Archives: COOLmob Projects

Sustainable House Day

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Sustainable House Day 2014 a success!

Download the 2014 project report summary here

Download the Darwin event booklet and maps here

More than 520 people visited our five open properties on Sunday 14 Sep for Sustainable House Day.

Check out some of the photos on COOLmob’s Facebook site.

Sustainable House Day in Darwin is part of a national day of events, held in September, aimed at showing the public the wide variety of sustainably built homes and sustainable living practices.

This year’s fantastic line-up of properties: from Darwin’s oldest heritage tropical home (Burnett House) to an eco shipping container, and several examples of sustainable homes in between.

1. Burnett House – 4 Burnett Place, Larrakeyah (Myilly Point Heritage Precinct)
Heritage display home, designed by Beni Burnett, Australian Government architect to Northern Territory in the 1930s who famously created the first government-built homes suitable for the tropics, based on Malaysian and Singaporean colonial architecture.

2. InsideOut House – 70 May Court, Humpty Doo  
A beautiful, newly built home by Tropix Homes, this house is designed for outdoor living with open breezy design, lightweight materials and louvre windows throughout. The garden features a blackwater treatment system.

3. The Anula home – 4 Democrat Court, Anula
A lovely renovated Grollo home, showing many examples of eco building techniques such as through flow breezes, outdoor living on shaded patio and balcony, cool downstairs rooms, recycled materials and solar panels.

4. EdiblEden, the Roseth home – 9 Gove St, Alawa
EdiblEden joins SHD for the second time, first featuring in the 2010 event. Since then this impressively sustainable family has added solar panels and extended their famous edible garden.

5. SWALE eco shipping container display at Allora Gardens Nursery, corner Lagoon Rd & Stuart Hwy Berrimah 
Come and see the tiniest, and most mobile and versatile property: a re-purposed shipping container designed for tropical living, with shading, louvre windows, and landscaping to provide shelter and cool.

Steven Camilleri with his electric Holden Commodore outside Burnett House, Sustainable House Day 2014

Steven Camilleri with his electric Holden Commodore outside Burnett House, Sustainable House Day 2014

A feature of the day was COOLmob supporter Steven Camilleri, electronics engineer, and his Holden Commodore electric vehicle (EV). The car was produced by Holden and Better Place PLC (see info on the model here and a TED talk about EV’s here) and was intended to be produced in Adelaide until Holden withdrew car production from Australia. Steven is one of few people to own this model of EV and displayed it at Burnett House and Humpty Doo as part of Sustainable House Day.

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Smart Cooling in the Tropics -Efficient cooling, effective savings.

COOLmobs major project is now closed for registration. Smart Cooling in the Tropics is a free energy assistance program for 480 eligible households.  Participating households receive a complimentary assessment of their house’s energy use. And are provided with free services and products to reduce energy consumption and associated costs.

Ronnie and kids with thermal cameraDownload our Smart Cooling in the Tropics brochure here!

Smart Cooling in the Tropics has now successfully reached its target of 480 participants!

With the completion of the projects recruitment campaign, Smart Cooling in the Tropics has now commenced its final evaluation phase.

During the evaluation phase we will be contacting participants by phone, email and/or post. We will be arranging 100 face to face home visits with participants to complete follow up surveys and collect technical readings from energy/thermal temperature meters.

If you would like to volunteer for this, have any queries or would like to give some feedback, please call or email our Evaluation Officer Christine on 8981 3642 or email

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Sustainable Neighbourhoods


COOLmob’s popular Sustainable Neighbourhoods program has finished, but we will still keep our great neworks of Darwin residents connected! People from ten different neighbourhoods have come together to learn about sustainable living, share tips from actions they’re already taking and get to know their neighbours.

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Sustainability Audits

COOLmob has traditionally offered low cost or free home energy audits for Top End residents, part of a service supported by NT Government and PowerWater Corporation.

This service ceased in 2013, but we’re hopeful we will one day offer discounted audits again. In the meantime, visit Smart Cooling in the Tropics to see if you may qualify for a free home energy audit.

Book an audit 

COOLmob offers full-price home energy audits starting from $320 per house. Prices vary depending on distance from Darwin. Contact COOLmob to discuss your needs, by emailing or phoning 8981 2532.

The average electricity consumption of a Darwin household is around 25kWh per day, which ends up costing you about $2,658 each year. An investment in a COOLmob home energy audit can save you anywhere from 10% to 30% off your home’s consumption, saving you between $248 and $742 each year. Now that’s smart! Call us to find out more.

Sustainability Assessments – do your own:

Click here if you want to know how to do your own sustainability assessment.