The 2017 properties showcase a wide range of sustainable features including: straw bale construction, rammed earth walls, polished concrete floors, double glazed windows, salvaged and recycled materials, on and off grid solar systems, permaculture gardens, a regenerative farm and even Geelong’s most sustainable new office building.

Houses in & around Geelong
Houses on the Bellarine

Sustainable House Day is a national event coordinated regionally by Geelong Sustainability in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong. This unique event gives the public an opportunity to tour exemplar sustainable homes, chat directly with homeowners and get free advice from local experts.

Now in its ninth year the 2017 program features 10 inspiring properties located around Geelong and on the Bellarine. All houses exhibit passive solar design and energy ratings well above the minimum 6 star residential standard.

We invite you to discover firsthand the economic, well-being and environmental benefits of sustainable living and smarter homes. Whether you are building a new home, planning a major renovation, wanting some DIY ideas or just happy to admire lovely homes and productive gardens, there are places to visit that will inform and inspire!

Sustainable House Day

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Major Event Sponsors:

Geelong Sustainability greatly appreciates the support provided its major sponsors and also the many local businesses providing onsite expertise at the open houses.

Volunteer at an open house?

We are now seeking people to assist homeowners welcoming and marshalling visitors. It’s very rewarding, you’ll meet lots of people and learn heaps! Would you like to volunteer at an open home? If yes, email

What happened last year?

SHD2016 was definitely a year with something for everyone. The 14 open properties recorded over 1900 visits with most having between 90–180 visitors. The compact home in Ocean Grove designed by local architects, the Drent’s, was the busiest home with 240 visitors.