Sustainable House Day provides the opportunity to explore some of Australia’s most unique and inspiring homes. 

With a community of over 52,000 people, this major annual event is a trusted source of expert advice, insight, and peer-to-peer education about building, retrofitting or renovating sustainably. 

Sustainable House Day has existed in various forms for more than 20 years and has been organised by Renew since 2017. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Renew transitioned the event online for the first time to great success. 

For three years we have run the event mainly online. We’re so proud of how we managed to adapt in this way, and were able to reach more people around the world through our online sessions. It was thrilling to see people tuning in to our sessions from remote areas of the Northern Territory, to Tokyo, to USA. Our homeowners went the extra mile to produce amazing home tour videos, which continue to be a great online resource for people looking to build or renovate sustainably.

But — we know that nothing beats the experience of visiting these home in person. There is something about feeling how snug a well designed passive house feels for yourself, or hearing a homeowner point out features of their home battery setup when it is right in front of you, or observing how the light falls when homes are designed cleverly.

Our purpose 

Households generate at least one fifth of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The products, technologies and knowledge to make our homes and personal transport greener already exist, so reducing the carbon emissions from Australian households is a key opportunity to reaching our goal of achieving a net-zero emissions world.  

Reducing the carbon intensity of our houses also has the extra benefits of saving residents’ money and creating homes that are healthier and more comfortable to live in.  

Many Australians are overwhelmed by the amount of information on what actions they can take in their home or rental properties, and need guidance sifting through sources and opinions. Sustainable House Day provides important advice and resources that help Australians put their desire to live more sustainably into action. 

About Renew 

Renew is a national, not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.  

Renew engages with more than 250,000 people each year around Australia and beyond. We work with more than 10,000 members and a network of 14 active members’ branches throughout the country. Our community of climate change action includes readers of our two market-leading sustainability magazines Renew and Sanctuary, attendees of our Speed Date a Sustainability Expert event series and Sustainable House Day, users of our online resources and calculators, people contacting our advice service, and our research and advocacy partners.  

Renew advocates in government and industry arenas for policies that promote renewable energy and cut emissions, make our homes healthier, more affordable and climate resilient, and protect consumer rights in our rapidly changing energy markets through our Climate Resilient Homes campaign. Renew also provides consultancy services based on our technical expertise in energy, water and communications. Our Green Rebuilt Toolkit program launched in 2021 provides resources and advice to homeowners who are rebuilding after being impacted by bushfire. 

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