Hami Hill Sustainable Home 2019

Hami Hill Sustainable Home
Hamilton Hill WA 6163
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10am - 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
$10 per head entry fee
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Standalone House
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Join one of the many guided tours around Chris’ Hami Hill Home. We’re opening up this amazing house between 10am and 4pm so that you can check out just how simple it is to transform your home into something more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

This event is funded in part by The City of Cockburn

Chris Ferreira himself will be running personalised tours through the property on both days and will have plenty of special guests on hand to divulge their expertise on gardening, renewable energy, greywater, reducing waste, solar passive design, and so much more! Prizes and giveaways on the days!

Native Ark will be joining us on the day with a fundraising morning tea for purchase.

The Hami Hill Sustainable Home – a ‘Wastewise’ success story
Since 2011 – and the beginning of the Hamilton Hill Sustainable Home Challenge – reducing waste has been a major theme of the project and we developed and have successfully implemented a suite of strategies and components to slash waste through reuse, recycling and a reduction in consumption.

Here are the major highlights……

Say NO to the major Knockdown! It seems all the rage in WA to take a perfectly good older home, flatten it, cart the tangled mess off to the tip and replace it with a brand new home and a whole suite of associated new products. We decided instead to ditch the idea and not the house, build on what we had and develop an eco-retrofit. In doing so, we saved over 38 tonnes of old cement tiles, bricks, structural timbers and wood flooring from ending up part of the ‘landfill legacy’. This helped us save over 10 tonnes of CO2 and over a thousand dollars in tipping fees!

Greenwaste grab! Since the commencement of the challenge we have reduced ‘greenwaste’ leaving the property by 80%. The combination of 8 ravenous chooks, a wonderful mulching machine and a slow and steady compost heap has made this simple success and has, over the last 7 years, helped deliver us over 3500 eggs (greens help make great eggs!), 10m3 of composted material for the soil and saved over 25 tonnes of ‘greenwaste’ from landfill

Revel in reuse. To date we have reused 1m3 of concrete in landscaping, 15 old cooking pots and containers for planters, 2.5m3 of wood in building and landscaping, 4m2 Colorbond for raised veggie beds, 1/2m3 of scrap metal in artworks and over 700,000L of ‘wastewater’ in the garden!

E Goods Good news! We made a commitment to source, where ever possible, recycled or refurbished products for our home and to date we have been able to source 4 refurbished laptops, 1 up-cycled washing machine, dryer, fridge and DVD player, 1 second hand sofa, 2 sofa chairs and over 100 articles of clothes and shoes! Saving us thousands of dollars, close to 2 tonnes of CO2 in production and saved all of these products from landfill.

Up-cycled and recycled. We have, where-ever possible, tried to source products with a recycled component. This has been a big success and from 5m2 of plastic Linka-board (for raised veggie beds), 40m2 of eco decking (made from plastic and sawdust) and 250m2 of WeatherTec weatherboards (MDF sawdust), 1 bed (converted into a planter complete with a trellis) and 1 pallet sofa we have been able to show there are plenty of sustainable products with recycled components out there to purchase.

The Hami Hill Sustainable Home is a living example of what can be done to slash waste and to find new homes, uses and themes for what we might typically look to throw away!

We wanted to show you how an ordinary bloke could transform an ordinary house into an inspiring sustainable home using nine key strategies. Chris explains:

1. Create a clever house and garden – we transformed our home so that it doesn’t guzzle water, leak nutrients, swelter in summer, shiver in winter and need an air conditioner to be comfortable (we symbolically dumped the old air con in the recycling skip at the start of the challenge!)

2. From Red to Black – we haven’t received a bill from Synergy in over 4 years

3. ‘Drought proof’ garden ready for summer – we slashed water use by 50% by installing rainwater tanks, waterwise gardens, greywater systems and other important water saving devices

4. Protect our rivers – we have turned our gutless sand into amazing and wonderful soil so it no longer ‘leaks’ water and nutrients into our waterways

5. Natural air conditioning – with carefully chosen trees and shrubs we have managed to keep out the summer heat but let in the winter warmth

6. From famine to food – we have created a wonderful food garden for the family including fruit trees, vegies, herbs and chooks

7. Green is Good  we have received real estate opinion showing that our green improvements have increased the value of the property

8. Embrace the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle  – we recycled and up-cycled as many materials as we could in the house and in the garden.

9. Make the garden the real Play Station – we created an inspiring landscape that will drag the kids out from in front of the TV and into the garden

To date over 5000 people have toured through WA’s only living eco-retrofit home to find out more go to our website the Forever Project


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Recycled and reused
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Wood, white goods
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Type: Earth wool
Rating: R3.5-4.5
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Type: Batts, Aircell
Rating: R2.5
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Type: Batts
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Solar PV grid connect
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Low flow shower heads
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Bee keeping
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