This year there are even more ways to interact with participating homeowners and gain insight on sustainability topics.
Our main free event on October 17 will be preceded by a month of webinars with experts and homeowners, bringing you in-depth information on tricky subjects like finding a sustainable architect and builder, building with natural materials, insulation and energy efficiency and much more. You can also join our program of community partner events around the country.
In this one-hour session we will meet Jess and Bryan, who have built their own sustainable strawbale house from scratch on a budget near Buninyong. We’ll also chat with Ballarat couple, Peter and Sandra, about how they retrofitted their 1990’s subdivision to make it an efficient, all electric sanctuary.
An event from Smart Living Ballarat for BREAZE Inc. in collaboration with the City of Ballarat, VIC
18-Sep 2:00pm-4:00pm (AEST)
22-Sep 5:30pm (AWST)
This talk by Griff Morris will go through the basics of site selection, orientation and building to your budget. Topics covered include:
• What exactly is orientation and how does this impact my home?
• Neighbours, what impact do they have on the efficiency of my home.
• How does building a passive solar home impact your budget.
• The three budgets you should know before building.
An event from Solar Dwellings and the Renew Perth Branch, WA
8-Oct 2:30 pm-4:00 pm (ACDT)
Building a sustainable home is one thing, but helping to explain it is another.
What should home builders be asking of their architects, builders, and tradespeople?
How can architects, builders, and tradies help their customers evaluate the different options available to them on a basis other than price?
10-Oct 10:30am (AEDT)
Birds are all around us — noisy and colourful, or tiny and cryptic, their fascinating antics can amuse us and awaken wonder and a deep sense of connection. Many gardens only attract large and boisterous birds, but with some easy changes, yours could become a haven for the smaller ones as well. Find out about some of the stunning birds in the Randwick Council area, which species need help, and how we can provide for them in our own gardens. Randwick has pockets rich in bird species, so there’s a fabulous opportunity to reconnect them, enabling birds to return to areas where they once thrived. Will your garden become one that makes a difference? By highlighting some of our beautiful local plants and other habitat features you could add, with links for ongoing learning, you will have lots of resources to begin.
An event from Randwick City Council.
11-Oct 12pm-1pm (AEST)
This webinar will give you all the information you need to set up and maintain your own rainwater tank. Our consultant will provide you with expert advice on selecting the right tank for your household needs, first flush diverters, water quality guidelines and any other tank-related queries.
An event from Willoughby Council, NSW.
• Online, over Zoom. You will receive a link to access the session the week before the webinar.
• This webinar is being run by Willoughby Council and is open to anyone residing in Australia, and is presented by John Caley, Director of Engineering at Sydney consultancy firm Ecological Design.
13-Oct 5:30pm (AWST)
This talk by Griff Morris will go through the basics of passive solar design principles, covering topics like:
• What exactly is north facing? Don’t all blocks face north?
• What is the difference between Passive Solar Design & Passiv Haus?
• De-mystifying energy star ratings,
• Thermal mass, what is it and how it is used.
• Naturally cooling your home – Breeze paths/airflow.
An event from Solar Dwellings and the Renew Perth Branch, WA
13-Oct 6:30pm-7:30pm (AEDT)
Join our free workshop session to discuss important aspects of installing a solar power system. Learn how a solar system can help reduce your energy bills and carbon emissions. In this workshop you will:
• Learn how solar power and battery storage works
• Find out how to buy a quality solar system for your home or business
• Understand how government rebates work
• Have a chance to ask your questions
An event from Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.
• A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants
• This free information session is brought to you by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils. The session is being facilitated by the Australian Energy Foundation.
13-Oct 7pm-8:15 pm (AEDT)
Ask your questions about getting off gas and switching to an all-electric home powered by 100% renewable energy, and learn practical tips for going all-electric at home. The energy experts at Renew will debunk common myths and misconceptions about getting off gas, a fossil fuel. Switching your home to all-electric heating, hot water, and cooking reduces your carbon emissions and can save you money on energy bills.
An event from City of Yarra.
14-Oct 7pm – 8:30pm (AEST)
An intro to creative housing solutions to help ease the social, environmental + housing crises we have found ourselves in. Have you ever considered buying a house or land with others? Or are you curious about building an additional dwelling in your backyard to offer additional long-term housing? Land sharing is already happening in our own communities in various creative forms, with many examples of this around the world. Come + listen to our expert panellists discuss how to get started.
An event from Designful, TAS
16-Oct 10:00 am – 11:30 am (AEDT)
This panel discussion features Talina Edwards, APHA Board Director & Architect and some very special guests (to be confirmed). Talina will be interviewing a panel of homeowners who will share their insights on what life is like living in a Certified Passivhaus.
An event from Australian Passive House Association
16&17th-Oct 10:30 am – 5:15 pm (AEDT)
On 16 October, join 4 online specialist showcase seminars: 1) Our innovative Climate Safe Rooms project, 2) The Samaritan House social housing development, 3) Case studies: Going off Gas panel with homeowners and tradies, and 4) Building Materials: The Big Decisions with an expert panel who’ll discuss contemporary building products and technologies and answer your questions. On 17 October, join 4 virtual house tour seminars with videos and panel discussions with the homeowners and technical experts and loads of Q&A. Feature homes include three 8+ star new builds and a retrofitted suburban home and a permaculture garden.
An event from Geelong Sustainability
Community Events on Sustainable House Day
Breathe Neigbourhood display home will be open for viewing and small group tours, along with a series of presentations and panel discussions.
An event from Breathe Tumby
17-Oct 10am – 4 pm (ACDT)
Come and wander around Christie Walk, QR codes around the development will allow you to experience virtual house tours and access short videos on the sustainable features of the development.
An event from Urban Ecology Australia
17-Oct 10am – 4pm (AEDT)
Visit local Nillumbik homes to hear the first hand experience of homeowners who are benefitting from making their homes more sustainable. 12 houses from four suburbs will open their doors to showcase what can be achieved with design or retrofit. Bookings are essential and all visitors will receive a free coffee voucher to make the most of their day out in Nillumbik.
An event from Clean Energy Nillumbik, VIC
17-Oct 9:30am – 5:00pm (AWST)
• In person: Home Base, Subiaco WA
• Book early as space is limited at the venue.
• Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for two tickets. All profits go to The Hunger Project.
• Water, tea and coffee will be supplied. Please feel free to bring lunch with you, Home Base do have a cafe and Growers Lane is within walking distance.
17-Oct 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (AEDT)
Join our small group self drive activity to visit 4-5 homes in West Gippsland. We’re aiming to showcase a variety of sustainable building and living features with a focus on understanding windows and how different configurations affect comfort and energy performance. Also featured will be passive solar design, PV and battery systems, electric vehicles, appliances, building materials and more. A delicious vegan and gluten free lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. The event will be cancelled if Covid restrictions require it, with a full refund provided.
Community Events after Sustainable House Day
20-Oct, 1pm (AEDT)
Find out the latest information about electric vehicles and charging stations from Randwick City Council. Are you considering an electric vehicle (EV) as your next car? Have you seen more electric vehicles and charging stations on your local streets? Join this webinar to hear what you need to know if you are considering an EV, including: How much do EVs cost and which models are available? How does charging work, how long does it take and what is their range? Are EVs cheaper to run and service? Do EVs produce less greenhouse gas emissions? What is happening in Australia’s electric vehicle market and what’s next? What should be considered when purchasing an EV? Are EVs available as hire cars?