Blackheath Strawbale House in Blackheath, NSW. Image: Keith Maxwell, A Shot Above Photography & Imaging

With Virtual Sustainable House Day less than two months away, we wanted to provide you with some updates on how the national event is shaping up.

Applications to open your home for this year’s event are now closed. We are excited to work with the nearly 150 homeowners who will be opening this year to create an engaging and informative event.

On August 20, we’ll be opening registrations for our September 20 event. One week prior to the event, those who are registered will be able to log in to the website, view the open houses and see each homeowner’s pre-recorded video tour. From there, attendees can begin to share their questions about the homes with homeowners.

We know how important it is for attendees to speak with homeowners, so we’ve been working hard to make sure we include this interaction and peer-to-peer learning in our virtual format. The day itself will include a line-up of live virtual sustainable house presentations and Q&A sessions with homeowners and sustainability experts. 

This being a virtual event, we realise that location is not the deciding factor for which homes you’ll visit. To make the event easier to navigate, we’ve themed the virtual conversations on the main day around types of sustainable homes, materials and features. We will be categorising some events based on climate zone as well.

In the two weeks after the event, we’ll host a series of post-Sustainable House Day webinars which will dive deeper into a range of topics that can help people make the transition to housing that is cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and helps reduce our carbon footprint.

Registrations for the main SHD virtual event and for the subsequent webinars will be vital for all who want to attend—we’ll have more information about when and how to do that shortly, so stay tuned.