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Geelong Sustainability is hosting its 14th Sustainable House Day over the weekend of 15-16 October. Whether you are updating one room or building a new home, incorporating sustainable practices will result in a more comfortable home with lower or no running costs.

A weekend full of in person seminars on Saturday 15th and FREE open houses on Sunday 16th Oct!

If you are looking to explore practical knowledge and insights into buying, building, renovating or retrofitting to have a sustainable home then Sustainable House Day is here to support you! 

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See the details below to register for seminars and explore the free open houses.

    Saturday 15 October - Showcase seminars

    Sustainable Homes: Buy, Build or Renovate

    Are you looking to buy, build or renovate and want a home that is more sustainable and energy efficient? Then this seminar will be a great one to attend.

    During this seminar experts and homeowners will share ‘how to choose a sustainable house’, ‘smaller sustainable builds’, and ‘renovating challenges and how to address them’. This session will draw on an array of experts sharing their knowledge to make your building or renovating journey easier. 

    Saturday 15 October, 10.00am- 11.30amLearn More

    Retrofitting for Energy Efficiency

    Retrofitting is a great and cost effective way to create a home that is more energy efficient. This seminar explores what changes you can make to your home to save on energy.

    We share DIY retrofitting and resources to help support your transition. Homeowners will share on retrofitting a volume build and suburban home. This session also explores advice for renters on what retrofitting or changes they can make to save energy in their home.

    Saturday 15 October, 12:30pm - 2:00pm Learn More

    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 seminar you will hear from experts on how to transition off gas, what to consider and how to become an all electric home.

    Hear from a local homeowner explain how they did it, what it cost and whether it was worth it. We’ll look at the main systems to transition off gas including heating and cooling, cooking and hot water systems. This is a must not miss seminar with great insights and guidance for you. 

    Saturday 15 October, 2:30pm - 4:00pmLearn More

    Sunday 16 October - Free Open House Day

    10am to 2pm

    Highton: House and garden retrofit

    Owner has progressively retrofitted her 1960s home to improve its indoor health and thermal comfort, reduce living costs, and create a fertile, productive and biodiverse garden. 

    Solar, insulation, all electric home, heat pump hot water system, reverse cycle air conditioning, water tanks and grey water use, permaculture garden, compost, fruit trees and chickens. 

    Sunday 16 October, 10am - 2pmLearn More

    Manifold Heights: Rebuild

    Owners built a sustainable home after a devastating house fire in 2018.

    An inspiring rebuild where they reclaimed some of the material after the fire destroyed their home to create a new industrial style home featuring solar panels, thermal mass, LEDs, hydronic heating, natural light, compost, veg garden.

    Sunday 16 October, 10am - 2pmLearn More

    Portarlington: new XS FormFlow modular build

    New XS FormFlow Modular, small home passive design next to the wetlands in Portarlington
    Sunday 16 October, 10am - 2pmLearn More

    St Leonards: new build 2020

    8.8 star passive solar design with striking butterfly roof, large N-facing windows, thermal mass from burnished concrete floor, all electric home, 6.6kW PV, 11kW battery, EV charger, edible and native garden, water tank and zero waste build by SO’R Construction
    Sunday 16 October, 10am - 2pmLearn More

    Queenscliff : How to retrofit example

    ‘How to retrofit’ house. Late 80s home which is not very energy efficient that will act as the ‘how to retrofit’ example of what can be altered and what steps you can take to retrofit your house.
    Sunday 16 October, 10am - 2pmLearn More

    1pm to 5pm

    Torquay: Salt

    7.8 Star, new build, natural materials, double glazing, 6kW solar, battery, carbon neural, (waiting for further information to be sent through) First regional estate to be recognised as a One Planet Community. 
    Sunday 16 October, 1pm - 5pmLearn More

    Torquay: Regeneration

    80's brick renovation house, solar, transitioned off gas cooking & heating, double glazed windows, upcycled materials, improved thermal mass, orientation, natural light and insulation.
    Sunday 16 October, 1pm - 5pmLearn More

    Jan Juc: Deśa Retreat

    Tiny House renovated from shed on an eco-retreat, solar, permaculture garden, chickens, tanks (eco retreat & wellness space)
    Sunday 16 October, 1pm - 5pmLearn More

    Bannockburn: Flynn Way Straw Bale

    A So'R built small strawbale home, featuring upcycled material and sustainable design features. North-facing home with thermal mass brick wall and straw bale walls for maintaining temperature.
    Sunday 16 October, 1pm - 5pmLearn More

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