Sustainable House Day


Sustainable House Day (SHD) is a major national event showcasing some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public. Whenever we survey our supporters, it comes out top as our most popular annual event. WHY? We think it's because it enables the public to see for themselves how houses can be designed, built, renovated or retro-fitted with sustainability in mind and to talk directly the homeowners and local experts.  

 The 2017 SHD date for Geelong has been set for Sunday 15 October

Expressions of interest are now being sought from homeowners with interesting sustainable homes and gardens in the Geelong and surrounding region. Would you like to share your journey & insights?

To find out more, contact the SHD Coordinator at

2016 summary

Geelong Sustainability was delighted to coordinate Sustainable House Day (SHD) in 2016 with support from the City of Greater Geelong for the eighth year on Sunday 16th October. SHD aligns closely with our mission, which is to inform, inspire and connect communities to create a sustainable future and to protect our natural environment. The event helps to raise awareness and readiness of Geelong residents to adopt and install energy efficiency practices and technologies to facilitate Geelong’s transition to a low carbon future.

For SHD2016, there were 14 properties open to the public for four hours on Sunday 16th October. Homes within suburban Geelong opened from 10am to 2pm and those on the Bellarine and surrounding region from 1pm to 5pm. It proved to be another fabulous event at which loads of information and knowledge were shared. To offset event expenses, adults were asked to pay an entry fee of $2/house. While afternoon showers adversely affected visitor numbers, many people chose to stay longer at each house enabling them to learn more.

All homeowners and experts reported having a rewarding day sharing their insights and journeys. Visitors were able to get inspirational ideas and practical advice from the home owners and local experts.  At most locations, people found either architects, builders, renewable energy experts or permaculture/gardening gurus who conducted tours and/or shared their expertise.

There were over 1900 visits across the open houses with most recording between 90 – 180 visits. The Drent’s compact design home in Ocean Grove was the busiest home with 240 visitors - the advert in the Surf Coast Times possibly sparked extra interest. This major community event involved over 90 volunteers of whom 35 were technical experts.

We were delighted to have our hard work coordinating Sustainable House Day for our region recognised by Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria in the Legislative Council on 27 October. 

Download a podcast of our special SHD show on The Sustainable Hour - 

 Click here for a detailed SHD2016 report. 2016 was definitely a year with something for everyone as the photos show!



  • First and foremost we must thank the wonderful home owners who presented their homes so well on SHD, without whom there is no event.
  • GS wishes to acknowledge the marketing support from City of Greater Geelong’s Environment and Communications Dept and the event coordination grant from Future Proofing Geelong
  • GS appreciated the financial support provided by its 4 gold sponsors: Gordon TAFEBank AustraliaESIC LightingThermosmart Windows
  • We received excellent pro bono photography services from Phil Hines who did a fantastic job both before the event and on the day.  Nicole Litjens from Wisdom Photography also captured some great shots on the day. 


<<More info about the SHD2016 open houses>>

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Upcoming Events

  • Sustainable House Day Geelong 2017



    Sustainable House Day continues to be our most popular annual event. WHY? Because it gives people the opportunity to see inside houses that have been designed, built, renovated or retro-fitted with sustainability in mind.  It's an inspirational event in which people can see and explore the latest building materials, design ideas and technologies. In addition, most homes have technical experts, such as builders, architects and solar designers on-site to explain specific features and answer questions from visitors.

    SHD2017 in Geelong and surrounding region is Sunday 15 October.

    Do you have an 8+ star home? Does your home have ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) features?
    If YES, would you be willing to share your knowledge and experience with the public?

    If YES, contact the SHD Coordinator at or 0425 802 116 for more information or to arrange a site visit.

    <<Visit main SHD page>>

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 26 rsvps
    Various locations in Geelong & surrounding region
    26 RSVPs