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When is Sustainable House Day 2019?

Sustainable House Day 2019 will be on Sunday 15th September. Please register as a visitor to keep up to date. If you have registered in the past you don’t need to re-register.

What time is Sustainable House Day open?

Sustainable House Day runs between the hours of 10am to 4pm.  However, some homes may specify different opening times on their profile pages, so please check.

I believe my house is suitable to open for Sustainable House Day, how do I sign up?

That is great news! We will open registrations early 2019. To apply to participate as a homeowner you need to create a personal login here then register to open your home.

How do I obtain the addresses for the homes opening for Sustainable House Day?

To have access to the house addresses you will need to officially register as a visitor online.  Once you login to your user profile addresses will be published two weeks prior to the event (full addresses will be published two weeks prior to the open day)

Do I need to book at each individual property before attending?

Generally no, but some homeowners may require pre-booking, which would be indicated on their individual property profile. However, you can assist homeowners with an estimated attendance count by clicking the MY FAVOURITES button on any homes profile page you wish to visit on the day. You must be logged in for this feature to work.

What is the MY FAVOURITES page?

Each user profile has a MY FAVOURITES Page. This has been designed so you can create a list of the homes you would like to attend and also to provide an indication to homeowners the number of attendees interested in visiting their property.  You can simply nominate your ‘favourite” houses by clicking on the ADD TO FAVOURITES button available in each house profile.

Will each home be conducting a tour?

Each open home will be conducting their own Sustainable House Day event dependent on the sustainable features available and the size of their property. Some may conduct tours at specified times or others may provide information sheets for you to conduct a self tour. Once again it is best to check the individual house profile.

Does it cost to attend Sustainable House Day?

This is a free event. Some homes may charge a small fee (gold coin donation) or charge for pre-booked guided tours with funds earmarked toward a nominated not for profit group or charity. You can see on each individual house profile whether a home has requested a gold coin donation or pre-purchased tickets are required and to which charity they will be raising money for.

Are there any conditions of entry as a visitor for Sustainable House Day?

As a participant in Sustainable House Day, we ask you to respect each of the homes you visit and act as per the following conditions of entry:

  • Please officially sign in as a visitor to each of the homes you are visiting by providing your full name, telephone number and email address
  • Please act in a respectful manner towards the homeowner, all volunteers and other SHD attendees
  • Please do NOT touch any property including furniture, objects, electrical items on the property, or personal items of others
  • Please ensure all children are monitored at all times onsite
  • Please remain in the allocated tour area of the home. You are NOT permitted to enter any areas that have been signed as private.
  • Please do NOT consume alcohol or food during your visit.
  • Smoking is NOT permitted
  • Please turn off/silence your mobile and refrain from answering or speaking on your phone during tours
  • Please make every conceivable effort to ensure your own personal safety whilst onsite.
  • Please ask permission before taking any photographs
  • Please let one of the volunteers know if you do NOT wish to have your photograph taken on the day
  • You agree to any inspections of bags at the request of homeowners or volunteers.
  • In the garden please do not touch or take clippings of the plants.
  • Pets are not always welcome at every home, some homes have their own pets who may note play well with others or there may be people who have not had great experiences with animals. Be prepared to leave your family pet outside when visiting homes.

What shoes should I wear to Sustainable House Day?

As you will be walking through gardens and homes we highly recommend you to wear flat shoes.  As a matter of courtesy, please be prepared to take your shoes off before entering a home, if this is requested the home will have it noted on the ‘Rules of Entry’ sign at the registration desk.

What sustainable features does your house require to participate in Sustainable House Day?

All homes participating in Sustainable House Day must have a minimum of four sustainable features. The sustainable feature can be anything that goes towards sustainable lifestyles, energy/water saving, independent living and healthy home practices. If you are unsure, please review this list of House Details Specifications to be used as a guide. All homes are subject to a final approval process by the national organising committee.

Looking for some more answers?   Email shd@renew.org.au