Five homes in Darwin will be opening their homes for Sustainable House Day on Sunday 20 August to inspire and educate others on a sustainable living lifestyle. Houses will be open to the public between 10am to 3pm. This is a FREE event but bookings are essential. Scroll down to making a booking now!
Visitors will tour each home, see what the homeowner or architect has done to create beautiful, efficient, comfortable tropical homes. Visitors will have the chance to meet the homeowner and ask questions, to learn how it’s possible to create your own sustainable home and garden.
Homes will also feature inspiring and informative talks from sustainability experts on the topics of edible and native garden design, solar installation and tropical architectural design.
House 5. Ramsay Residence,
Type: Owner designed
Drafted by: Bennett Design, Coconut Grove NT
Builder: built in 2008 by C and R Constructions, Berrimah NT
This house was built in 2008 and has used a variety of sustainable materials including featuring recycled spotted gum flooring. The house is built at an east-west orientation to optimise seasonal breezes and encourage passive cooling. The house has large wrap around verandas to shade windows and walls and has louvers throughout to encourage cross ventilation. The garden features native trees to provide shading to the northern aspect of the house and has an edible garden with a variety of food species including vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.
Special Talk at 10:30 am by Scott McDonald, a horticulturalist with over 25 years experience in the top end, on how food plants can be incorporated into domestic and urban landscapes, be it as border plants, ground covers, shrubs or trees.
House 4. Lena Yali House Extension, Nakara
Type: Renovated ground level ex government commission house
Designer/Architect: Lena Yali (Troppo Architects Darwin)
Builder: Anderson Builders
An ex-housing commission, double brick, slab on ground home featuring louvered internal walls and external windows. An extension was designed by Troppo Architects in 2004 to create an open living area, kitchen, additional bedroom and home office. The aim was to create extra living space without increasing the footprint of the house and at the same time to integrate the living areas with a tropical garden that provides passive cooling without air conditioning.
House 3. Anne & Mark’s House, Rapid Creek
Type: Post cyclone re-build on ‘dance floor’
This house is an old Darwin elevated house that has been rebuilt after Cyclone Tracey with sustainable features including elevated front and back verandas with wire sides to catch the breeze. The owners have designed the garden to strike a balance between edible and native garden and have enticed local birdlife back into their surrounding green space by clearing the pre-existing palm trees and mango trees and re-planting with medium and small sized native plants and trees. The edible garden provides an abundance of food and the chickens provide eggs, manure and manage the food scraps.
Special Talk 12:00 pm -12:30 pm by The Top End Native Plant Society on local native plants that provide certain valuable features such as bird attracting, screening, shading and flowering.
The Top End Native Plant Society will also be present at this house from 10 am -2 pm. They will have a stall with plants for sale, as well as advice on local native plants.
House 2. Garnett & Zander Home, 7 Kingston Place, Rapid Creek
Type: renovated original elevated house
Architect/Designer: Luchetti Krelle
An original elevated home renovated by Luchetti Krelle architects to create an open tropical design with louvre windows and bi-fold doors to maximise cross ventilation and take advantage of cooling breezes. Surrounding trees offer air-cooling and shading. The owners have recently installed a 4.5 kW solar panel system and are planning on installing a rainwater tank and LED lighting.
Special Talk 12:15 pm -12:45 pm by Thomas Wearne from Country Solar NT on Residential Solar in the Northern Territory.
Special Talk 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm by Simon Scally, a registered architect with over 25 years experience in the NT, on tropical architectural design and how to improve your comfort in the tropics.
House 1. Niblock House, Rapid Creek
Type: renovated original 1958 elevated house
Architect: Troppo Architects
Builder: Hawkins and Clemens
A beautiful newly renovated original elevated home (circa 1958) by Troppo Architects, showing many examples of eco building techniques such as cross flow ventilation, recycled materials, internal rainwater usage, grey water syste m and solar panels. The garden has been thoughtfully and aesthetically landscaped with a combination of native and edible plants.
Special Talk 11:30 am – 12:00 pm by Marisa Fontes, a registered Landscape Architect with Outsidesign, on Sustainable and Site-responsive Landscapes for Darwin Residences.
Sustainable House Day – Cooling the City Pop UP. Eco Café 64 Smith Street, Darwin
About the Pop UP
In the last 10 years, Darwin CBD has become 1.5 to 3 degrees hotter than surrounding suburbs. With the clearing of green space, more high-rise buildings, more bitumen, more cars, and more air-conditioning – all pumping out hot air – has changed the Darwin micro-climate.
Cavanagh Street is the hottest street in the Darwin CBD and acts like a heat duct channelling hot air into the CBD. The Supreme Court car park is 5 degrees higher than surrounding area. The Darwin Post Office car park surface temperature can rise to 66 degrees on a 30 degree day.
As the CBD becomes hotter, it becomes more uncomfortable. Pedestrian activity has slowed and retailer trade has gone down. If the CBD is cooler, it will be more walkable, vibrant and active and the retail trade will follow. Smart street design can cool our city – – the use of more shading, trees and plants, awnings, fans and cooling fountains.
The Cooling the City POP UP is designed so you can “experience” how the temperature in the CBD can be changed.
Cooling the City Pop UP encourages the discussion of an alternative vision for the CBD and creative approaches to urban greening. Engagement is needed from the public, existing buildings owners and industry leaders to find ways to work together to make Darwin a Cool City.
Cooling the City project is an initiative of the ESD committee of the NT Property Council and its partners and sponsors.