Sustainable House Day 2014

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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.

Sustainable House Day started in 2001. Since 2008, COOLmob has been hosting the event in Darwin, with financial support to do so from the Territory government.

There is a dramatically increased interest in the environmental, health and financial benefits of a living a more sustainable lifestyle. The problem is, many people simply don’t know where to start.

The aim of Sustainable House Day is to provide an enjoyable, informative day that contributes to community awareness of sustainable living.

Sustainable House Day is about talking with home owners who have ‘been there, done that’ on their sustainability journey. Members of the public get the chance to see first-hand, houses that have been designed, built or retrofitted with sustainability features.


Sustainable House Day 2013

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On Sunday the 8th of September 5 homes in and around Darwin opened their doors to show off just how stylish and comfortable sustainable living can be. This was a great opportunity for more than 400 eco-conscious stickybeaks to learn from the people who know best.

Alawa Crescent, Alawa – A well designed “old school” house with added features including, solar, water harvesting, innovative recycling and permaculture gardens.

Styles St, Alawa – Focus on edible and cooling garden features, recently renovated to maintain as much original material as possible, passive cooling, and cross breeze. Solar electricity providing most of household needs.

Kapalga St, Tiwi – An example of guerilla solar and how to live sustainably in a rental property.

Jacksonia Circuit, Nightcliff – Architect and Eco designed, the “Pink House” is a prototype for tropical suburban housing on smaller blocks.

Flynn Circuit, Bellmack – This house could be mistaken for a typical suburban home but with a few thoughtfully designed features it is transformed into a house that never needs to turn on the aircon.

Read some Sustainable Case Studies from past years’ events:

2011 houses:

2010 houses: