Geelong Sustainability was delighted to coordinate Sustainable House Day in 2015 with support from the City of Greater Geelong for the seventh year. Sustainable House Day 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 Sustainable House Day 2015, there were 11 properties open to the public for four hours on Saturday 24th October. Homes within suburban Geelong opened from 10am to 2pm and those on the Bellarine and surrounding region from 1pm to 5pm. The weather was ideal and it proved to be another fabulous event at which loads of information and knowledge were shared.
All homeowners and experts reported having a rewarding day sharing their insights and journeys. There were over 1160 visits across the open houses with those in suburban Geelong recording between 100 – 270 visits. The Scott St renovation designed by Ryan Thompson Architects and built by Homes with Integrity was the busiest home with the feature story in the Geelong Advertiser sparking extra interest.
This major community event involved over 60 volunteers including more than 20 technical experts. Most houses organised comprehensive tours led by architects, builders, technical experts or the homeowner of 20-45 minutes duration. The emphasis was on explaining passive solar and other building principles to the public. We were able to distribute hundreds of free copies of our new Sustainability Directory to visitors. We were fortunate to again have the pro bono professional services of Phil Hines Photography before the event and on the day.
Geelong Sustainabilitywishes to acknowledge the marketing support from City of Greater Geelong’s Environment and Communications Dept and the event coordination grant from Future Proofing Geelong. The Gordon TAFE and Deakin University were event sponsors and SHD Coordinator, Vicki Perrett volunteered most of her time.