Sustainable lifestyles were on display on Sustainable House Day on Sunday 11 September, with thousands visiting homes across Australia with sustainable features.
Donna Luckman from the Alternative Technology Association says that one of the biggest myths about sustainable living is that you can’t have a beautiful, comfortable home that is also sustainable.
“One of the great things about Sustainable House Day is that it does away with some of the myths about sustainability. You can see beautiful architecturally designed homes that are visually appealing and you can see sustainability features that have worked on a range of budgets.”
In advance of Sustainable House Day, we spoke to some Bank Australia customers who were opening their doors for the event about why they love their homes.
Janine Strachan is the Director of Green Design Solutions, - a sustainable design and planning consultancy. She says the greatest benefits of her sustainable lifestyle include knowing that her choices are reducing her ecological footprint, and showing others how achievable a sustainable home can be.
“A sustainable home does not have to look any different, rather it is how the home performs more efficiently in winter and summer, whilst still remaining comfortable to live in.”
Bec and David from Gordon in Victoria’s Gippsland say that the biggest benefit of their sustainable home build is being able to live in a home that considers the seasons and benefits from sunshine in the winter and shade in the summer.
“After living in draughty, cold houses we are happy to enjoy the design and comfort of a well-insulated home heated by passive solar. The downstairs workshop is partly underground and runs at a constant pleasant temperature all year.”
Jenny and Ed from Melbourne’s Clifton Hill, say that reducing energy use and waste creates a more economical and satisfying lifestyle. They also grow some of their own food and are able to trade food and advice with similarly minded neighbours.
If you’re interested in renovating or upgrading your home with some sustainable features consider checking out Sanctuary magazine, produced by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).
Sustainable House Day, another initiative of the ATA, is proudly supported by Bank Australia.