Equanimity Foundation

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This private home is a standard narrow-block design by a standard housing construction company – with sustainability taken to an 8 star rating by the owner. Completed in January, 2011, it sits on an 802 square meter block. Many similar blocks in the area are being subdivided, and whilst the build caters for this potentiality, it also demonstrates the future-proofing benefits of efficient use of space in the form of a food garden, rainwater harvesting systems and a storage bungalow.

This is a socially and spatially sustainable house. Currently there are 4 people living at “Equanimity Foundation”; the owner and three long term house-mates. The house runs as a proto-type micro-community for a larger co-housing concept, where tenants have the option of paying half their rent in dollars by doing a minimum of 4 or 5 hours per week. A few extra hours of gardening covers what they consume from the garden to incentivize production and ensure fairness. I have developed a system of measuring this exchange that I call TemptyTrust, which uses scales, a pricelist, spreadsheets and the local online exchange system – LETS (Local Exchange Trading System, or CommunityExchange.net.au). Extra hours worked are credited to their LETS account. Fewer than minimum hours are made up in $s. Up to 50% of our food comes from the garden; vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots, herbs, eggs and chickens. It demonstrates how a high quality of life can be achieved with minimal cash flow.

Access indoors is by tour only. There will be 4 tours starting at 10:30, 11:30, 1pm & 2pm. Maximum of 15 people per tour.

The property is for private sale and enquiries from interested parties are welcome.

Much of what happens here is inspired by the goals of various movement advocating sustainability, such as The Zeitgeist Movement, The Henry Project, Beyond Zero Emissions and Sustainable Population Australia. To find out more go to our website Equanimity Foundation.

Builders: Designer Homes Qld P/L (Andrew Black) and Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders draughtsman Kevin Hincksman