Bank Australia is partnering with Sustainable House Day this Sunday 11 September. The event offers people the chance to visit some of Australia’s most green homes and to ask some of their burning questions about living more sustainably.
This year there are a number of Bank Australia customers opening the doors to their sustainable homes.
We spoke to them in advance of the event to ask them:
What would you do differently if you were starting over?
Bec and David from Gordon in Victoria’s Gippsland say they would rethink the energy efficiency of some of the items in their home.
“For our block and our budget, we are happy with this house although we would probably rethink the heat pump hot water system which is not as energy efficient as we thought it would be.”
Janine Strachan is the Director of Green Design Solutions - a sustainable design and planning consultancy. If she could have done one thing differently, it would have been windows with even greater thermal efficiency.
“I would install thermally broken double glazed aluminium windows instead of double glazed aluminium windows.”
Her advice is to consider the pros and cons of each potential option. Often the more efficient features are more expensive but may pay off in the long-run.
Unlike many of the homes featured in Sustainable House Day, Clare and Win in Victoria’s Glenhope bought their home so didn’t have the opportunity to select each feature. However if they had built from scratch they say they would have built the walls of rammed earth or hemp.
If you’re interested in renovating or upgrading your home with some sustainable features consider heading along to Sustainable House Day to meet sustainable home-owners face to face and ask all of your burning questions. You can even meet the customers featured in this article.
The event is this Sunday 11 September – register here to attend.