Sustainable House Day Darwin 2018

sustainable House Day 2018​

Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Darwin’s most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day, Sunday 16 September 2018. This unique peer to peer education is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration, ideas and the key to sustainable living.

This year we chose five very different houses in Darwin and the greater Darwin region. The line-up of these properties goes from Darwin's oldest heritage tropical home (Burnett House) to an energy efficiency house. More details to come soon!

sustainable House Day 2018​

Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Darwin’s most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day, Sunday 16 September 2018. This unique peer to peer education is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration, ideas and the key to sustainable living.

This year we chose five very different houses in Darwin and the greater Darwin region. The line-up of these properties goes from Darwin's oldest heritage tropical home (Burnett House) to an energy efficiency house. More details to come soon!

House 1

tropical design

Located in Girraween and was designed by Troppo Architects. This house has features open living in a natural bushland setting. The tropical design includes high ceilings and floor to ceiling ‘walls’ of louvres to maximise cross ventilation and take advantage of cooling breezes. An upsloping roof on the deck promotes unobstructed views of the surrounding bushland.

Special Guest* from 12:00 to 2 pm Jo Best from Troppo Architects who will be happy to answer any questions about the house design.

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 1

tropical design

Located in Girraween and was designed by Troppo Architects. This house has features open living in a natural bushland setting. The tropical design includes high ceilings and floor to ceiling ‘walls’ of louvres to maximise cross ventilation and take advantage of cooling breezes. An upsloping roof on the deck promotes unobstructed views of the surrounding bushland.

Special Guest* from 12:00 to 2 pm Jo Best from Troppo Architects who will be happy to answer any questions about the house design.

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 2

Burnett House

Burnett House is a National Trust property designed by Beni C.G. Burnett, an Australian Government principal architect to NT in the 1930s who is famous for his robust and liveable buildings most suitable to Darwin’s climate. Burnett House is a 1938 “K Type” designed specifically for the tropics to maximize airflow and ventilation. The design also incorporates ‘sleeping verandahs’ which take full advantage of cooling breezes during hot tropical nights

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by Ally Szyc from Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary on Gardens for the wildlife.

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 2

Burnett House

Burnett House is a National Trust property designed by Beni C.G. Burnett, an Australian Government principal architect to NT in the 1930s who is famous for his robust and liveable buildings most suitable to Darwin’s climate. Burnett House is a 1938 “K Type” designed specifically for the tropics to maximize airflow and ventilation. The design also incorporates ‘sleeping verandahs’ which take full advantage of cooling breezes during hot tropical nights

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by Ally Szyc from Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary on Gardens for the wildlife.

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 3

Wagaman ENergy Efficiency

An original elevated home renovated in 2016 to incorporate more sustainable features and create a more open and tropical design. A 4.6kW solar panel system has been installed, fluorescents lights have been replaced with LED lights and an energy and water monitoring system has been installed to track energy and water consumption.

Special Talks*

12:00 pm by Thomas Wearne from Country Solar NT on 'Challenges and methods of expanding solar systems'

1:00 pm by Shane Burgess , Water Efficiency Specialist with the Living Water Smart team on "Planning, establishing and maintaining your garden so that you can keep the lifestyle we all enjoy here, without wasting water."

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 3

Wagaman ENergy Efficiency

An original elevated home renovated in 2016 to incorporate more sustainable features and create a more open and tropical design. A 4.6kW solar panel system has been installed, fluorescents lights have been replaced with LED lights and an energy and water monitoring system has been installed to track energy and water consumption.

Special Talks*

12:00 pm by Thomas Wearne from Country Solar NT on 'Challenges and methods of expanding solar systems'

1:00 pm by Shane Burgess , Water Efficiency Specialist with the Living Water Smart team on "Planning, establishing and maintaining your garden so that you can keep the lifestyle we all enjoy here, without wasting water."

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time

House 4

Renovated ground level house with edible garden

An original ground level house purchased in 2009 features loured internal and external walls for cross-ventilation and maximum cooling. An edible garden and water-wise plants are also a feature. Water is reused in the garden and a 4.5kW solar panel system has been installed. The house orients east-west on an angle to the block and no direct sunlight passes through the louvers. Recent installation of bio filtered in-ground pool chlorine and salt free using a pool ionizer.

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by a special guest on Edible Gardens

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time
**The tours of this house will be mainly in the outdoor area.

House 4

Renovated ground level house with edible garden

An original ground level house purchased in 2009 features loured internal and external walls for cross-ventilation and maximum cooling. An edible garden and water-wise plants are also a feature. Water is reused in the garden and a 4.5kW solar panel system has been installed. The house orients east-west on an angle to the block and no direct sunlight passes through the louvers. Recent installation of bio filtered in-ground pool chlorine and salt free using a pool ionizer.

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by a special guest on Edible Gardens

*If you want to attend the talk, please book your house tour for the scheduled talk time
**The tours of this house will be mainly in the outdoor area.

House 5

Renovations targeting ‘Net Zero emissions’

The double brick Town House is oriented North East-South West, facing the Tipperary waters Marina. Some of the passive cooling techniques implemented in the house include shading provided by the garden and great air circulation through large windows. Renovations are planned for increasing energy efficiency of this dwelling.

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by Ray Fogolyan from Home Star Rating Australia on ‘Dwellings targeting Net Zero emissions’

House 5

Renovations targeting ‘Net Zero emissions’

The double brick Town House is oriented North East-South West, facing the Tipperary waters Marina. Some of the passive cooling techniques implemented in the house include shading provided by the garden and great air circulation through large windows. Renovations are planned for increasing energy efficiency of this dwelling.

Special Guest* at 12:00 pm by Ray Fogolyan from Home Star Rating Australia on ‘Dwellings targeting Net Zero emissions’

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