Françoise Piron is a Bank Australia customer who is participating in Sustainable House Day this year. We asked her about her journey to creating a sustainable home.
What motivated you to make your home more sustainable, and what did you begin with?
Making our home more sustainable has been a long journey based on social responsibility, starting with waste reduction and permaculture gardening. Once we decided to renovate, attempting to approach the build with sustainability in mind was just a natural progression.
Was your home built from the ground up or renovated?
Our home is a 1930s bungalow. After purchasing it we renovated the house keeping its older style. In 2007 we demolished the lean-to at the back and built a new kitchen/dining room
Which improvement to your home do you believe has created the most sustainable impact?
The window space and the double glazing of all the windows have had a major impact on the sustainability of the house.
Which one of your new additions are you connected to most?
We and all our visitors are absolutely connected to this back extension.
Do you believe it’s achievable to create a sustainable home?
With some planning, lots of reading and listening to others we absolutely believe that it is possible to create a sustainable home. Sometimes it takes time to find materials and also it takes some discipline not to rely on the obvious most easily available materials but our home is proof that good planning and good habits can assist in being sustainable.
What inspired you to open your home for sustainable house day?
We have opened for SHD several times now. Because our house was an existing house with a simple but lovely extension and a great garden (so we’re told) we hope that opening it encourages people to think about planning for sustainable features even if their plans are very modest. It is important that people can see that not all sustainable living has to be a new architect led build but can be a simpler retrofit.
Sustainable House Day, another initiative of the ATA, is proudly supported by Bank Australia.