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Thinking about renovating or building? Whether you are updating one room or building a new home, you'll want to know how to minimise building and running costs without compromising on domestic comfort. Geelong Sustainability's Sustainable House Day will set you up for success with online seminars, virtual house tours and webinars over the weekend of 16-17 October.
The flexible format of #SHD2021 offers a smorgasbord of online resources including:

    technical information

    narrated house tours

    homeowner experiences

    knowledge sharing and practical advice from experts

    Saturday 16 October - Showcase seminars

    Sunday 17 October - Virtual house tours & webinars

    GS is proud to be partnering with the City of Greater Geelong and our event sponsors to present our 13th consecutive Sustainable House Day, a community event that provides access to our region’s most unique and inspiring sustainable homes. Our program is part of the national Sustainable House Day 2021 program coordinated by Renew. Search for other events here.

    Get exclusive access to the full program of Showcase Seminars and House Zoom events, plus in-depth information about each Sustainable House;

    • Access the homeowner’s story, a photo gallery and detailed specification data for each house.
    • Watch an 8-10min house tour video narrated by the homeowner.
    • Ask the homeowner and our resident experts your questions at a webinar.

      16th October Saturday Showcase Seminars

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      Building Materials: The Big Decisions

      Planning a new build, a renovation or an iso DIY project? Whatever the project’s scale, it’s important to select the big-ticket items carefully. Materials selection for floors, walls, roofing, windows and cabinetry are expensive decisions.

      In this seminar, local building professionals will discuss contemporary building techniques and the relevant costs and properties of current building materials.

      Our expert panel includes an architect, a builder, a sustainability consultant, an energy rater and a window manufacturer. Get practical answers to your big questions. Saturday 16 October, 10:30 - 11:30am

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      Case Studies: Going Off Gas

      Fancy an all-electric home powered by our own rooftop solar? Sounds great, but the actual process of "going off gas" can be tricky and confusing. In this practical seminar, local homeowners will explain how they did it, what it cost and whether it was worth it.

      We’ll look at the 3 key appliances: heat pumps hot water systems, reverse cyle air conditioners and induction cooktops. Plus a local electrician and plumber will share their industry knowledge and answer your technical questions.

      Saturday 16 October, 12:00 - 1:00pm

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      Case Study: Climate Safe Rooms

      What is a Climate Safe Room? This innovative project retrofitted the homes of 15 local residents to give them a safe haven during summer and winter extremes. Objective energy data guided the works, which included draught-proofing and installing insulation and a high efficiency air-conditioning plus a small rooftop solar system to offset running costs. The seminar will explore the significant learnings for how to cost-effectively retrofit existing homes.

       Saturday 16 October, 2:30 - 3:30pm

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      Case Study: Samaritan Social Housing

      The tiny house movement has become a global phenomenon.  This innovative tiny house project is helping to address Geelong’s critical shortage of affordable rental housing whilst enabling architecture students to create clever design solutions using world-leading construction methods.

      Prefab21 is a prefabricated, 40-square metre tiny house that’s designed to be comfortable, sustainable and affordable. In this showcase seminar, learn more about this collaboration between Samaritan House Geelong, Deakin University and FormFlow.  

      Saturday 16 October,  4:00 - 5:00pm

      17th October Sunday Sustainable House Webinars

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      Teesdale: New strawbale panel house 2021

      "Our goal was to create a contemporary looking house that performs well for a sustainable future and we ended up with so much more!"

      Don’t miss this webinar if you’d like to know more about the benefits and implementation of prefabricated strawbale panel construction, burnished concrete floors, UPVC framed windows and doors or worm farm treatment systems.

      Sunday 17 October, 10:30 - 11:30am

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      St Leonards: new build 2020

      "Our all-electric, energy efficient, passive solar home has minimal running costs - our winter power bill (Aug-21) was just $6!"

      Find out how these owners spend pocket change on their bills while enjoying year-round warmth, surrounded by garden views.

      Sunday 17 October, 12:00 - 1:00pm

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      Highton: retrofitted BV home & garden

      "I’ve progressively retrofitted my 1960s BV home to improve its indoor health and thermal comfort, reduce living costs, and create a fertile, productive and biodiverse garden."

      In this seminar you’ll discover what’s doable as a DIY project, where to find second hand materials and when it’s better to get tradie help.

      Sunday 17 October, 2:30 - 3:30pm

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      Newtown: new build 2021

      "Drawing on the best of PassivHaus and passive solar, this house is light, airy, cosy and warm, day and night, with garden views from generous windows, and minimal energy usage."

      Confused about the difference between PassivHaus and passive solar design? Then this seminar will help you understand these design and construction approaches.

      Sunday 17 October, 4:00 - 5:00pm

      Get exclusive access to the full program of Showcase Seminars and House Zoom events, plus in-depth information about each Sustainable House;

      • Access the homeowner’s story, a photo gallery and detailed specification data for each house.
      • Watch an 8-10min house tour video narrated by the homeowner.
      • Ask the homeowner and our resident experts your questions at a webinar.

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