Using permaculture ethics & design principles to transform an old energy guzzling bungalow into a showcase of sustainable design. It's about energy cycling, building community, self-reliance,creatively using & reusing materials... all without spending heaps of money.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Sustainable House Day - September 7th

Principle 8: Integrate rather than segregate

Sustainable House’s all around Australia will be opening their properties and homes for the public to see how people are doing something to reduce their impact on the environment. 

We will be participating in the event again this year, opening our property to the public on the 7th of September from 10am till 4pm. Please bring a gold coin or two as a contribution. For directions to 1a Abdallah Road in Seymour click here.
 
Front of House
You can find out more about the event and where homes are opening around Australia on the website.


Richard Telford and Peter Lockyer will be running tours on the hour: please try to arrive at 5 minutes before the hour so we can get moving on time. 

A little history of the project

The project began in May 2008 in suburban Seymour, Central Victoria with the purchase of a three roomed bungalow with bathroom / laundry on a 584 sq metre (1/8 acre) block. The bungalow was carefully deconstructed and transformed to a new home that showcases low energy and passive systems, with virtually no waste.

Owner-builder Richard Telford worked closely with builder/architect Peter Lockyer during the main construction phase from May 2009 to May 2010.

Our cellar also acts as a tank stand
One of the more interesting features of the design is a separate cellar that is linked via a duct to a cool cupboard in the kitchen.


The house was a finalist in the 2012 GreenSmart Awards in the Custom Built Homes and Resource Efficiency catagories and has been described as a “landmark in sustainability and clean living” in the North Central Review 4/9/12.

Netted Orchard and chook run
The use permaculture ethics & design principles have been central to the design process that continues in the garden and resource use as they further reduce their impact on the earth and inspire others to make changes in their own lives.

Some highlights include filling only one rubbish and recycle bin during 2011, family spending of $15 per day for food/drink during 2012 and producing 365kg of produce and over 500 eggs during 2013.
Our family in early 2014


I've been pretty busy recently finishing off the greenhouse, the building stage should be completed in time for the open day and I hope to get a post out before then.

Hope to see you here! Come if you can make it.

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