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.

Week 1: Building and Design

Achieving a sustainable home begins with the fundamental decisions we make around how we design and build it. Sponsored by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Week 1 of the Sustainable House Day program will explore this topic with sessions on what you need to know to get started on your sustainable build (or retrofit).

Design is one of the most important tools available for reducing the environmental impact of your home. In this Expert Session brought to you by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, we’ll hear from architects and designers with decades of experience in designing sustainable homes, who will present on passive solar design, designing for the sub-tropics and how to make the most of a small footprint.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience of working with sustainable design.

Featuring

Speakers:

Griff Morris, Solar Dwellings
Ruth Nordstrom, Architect
Jiri Lev, Architect
MC: Kulja Coulston, ClimateWorks

Homeowners:

Rob & Rita Phillips – Established Passive Solar House in Rural Wanneroo (WA)
Andy Lemann – Fibro Cottage Deep Energy Retrofit (NSW)
Sarah Leheny – One Tree Hill (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

In this session brought to you by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, join a panel of home energy rating experts from the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) to learn how simple design changes can improve the energy efficiency of your new or existing home and keep your family comfortable year round.

Featuring

Speakers:

Jenny Edwards, Owner at Light House Architecture and Science
Will Duncan and Dean Struys, Directors at 360 Building Solutions
Tim Adams, Building Designer
Danielle King, Danielle King, Director, Sustainability Advisor, Educator
Green Moves Aust & Green Building Institute

Homeowners:

Brady Lane

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Building is often the most challenging and exciting part of your journey to a sustainable home. Brought to you by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, in this session we’ll hear from builders and experts on how to have the best experience building or retrofitting a sustainable home.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience of working with sustainable builders.

Featuring

Speakers:

Jeremy Spencer, Positive Footprints
Simon Clark, Sustainable Homes Melbourne
MC: Kribashini Hannon, Director at BuildHer Collective

Homeowners:

Selena Griffith – Permanora (NSW)
Sue Connor, Darryn Parkinson – Tarlo River Passive House (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Week 2: Retrofitting

Rather than building from scratch, renovating or retrofitting can be the most eco-friendly way to achieve a comfortable sustainable home and live a lower-impact lifestyle. Week 2 of the Sustainable House Day program will focus on providing resources and expert presentations on retrofitting to make the most of an existing house.

Our planet’s future depends on switching our homes and lifestyles to using energy that can be generated with renewables—and that means electricity. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by experts on building science, energy efficiency and more who can help you get your home off gas.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience of their journey away from fossil fuels.

Featuring

Speakers:

Jenny Edwards, Light House Architecture and Design
Richard Keech, New Energy Thinking
MC: Dean Lombard, Renew

Homeowners:

Dylan Stone – The Barn (SA)
Malcolm McKelvie – Yarragon Strawbale Home (VIC)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

If you’re trying to lowering your home’s bills and carbon footprint, insulation is one of the best places to start. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by academics and industry experts on how to make your home more efficient through the use of insulation, among other techniques.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with increasing their homes’ efficiency. You can find links to their house profiles below.

Featuring

Speakers:

Wendy Miller, Queensland University of Technology
Ben Caine, Founder/Architect at Leanhaus
MC: Dean Lombard, Policy and Research Manager at Renew

Homeowners:

Romney Bishop – Our Comfy Home (VIC)
Matt Kosnik – Thornleigh Passive House (NSW)
Lucinda Flynn – HomePatch (VIC)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Week 3: Building Materials

As we aim to reduce our impact on the earth, the materials we use to build our homes are as important as our designs. The wrong material can not only contribute to pollution or deforestation, it can also undermine your home’s performance. Week 3 of the Sustainable House Day program is all about building materials.

Natural materials can be used to increase your home’s thermal efficiency and lower its carbon footprint, without harmful chemicals. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by industry experts on using materials like strawbale, rammed earth and hempcrete.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with using natural materials in their builds.

Featuring

Speakers:

Jaye Irving, Barefoot Sustainable Design
Stephen Dobson, Ramtec, Earth Building Association of Australia Committee Member
MC: Steffen Welsch, Steffen Welsch Architects

Homeowners:

Geoff Cameron – Geoff’s Hemp House (NSW)
Evie Verdini Fensom – Earthship Inman Valley (SA)
Shannon Tufui – Long Beach Eco House (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Windows are a key aspect of any sustainable build or retrofit. Used strategically, windows can improve your build, but the wrong windows may undermine your home’s energy efficiency and thermal performance. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by industry experts on getting your window selection right, and things to watch out for.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with glazing.

Featuring

Speakers:

Brian Guinan, ISMART Building Group
Andy Marlow, Envirotecture

Homeowners:

Daniel Moore – Thinking Paddock House (TAS)
Chris Nunn – Asquith Passive House (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Week 4: Climate Resilient Homes

Building sustainably means considering future resilience in a world in which our climate is already changing. As our summers become hotter and we face fires, floods, cyclones and drought, we need to be conscious of designing homes that will continue to be comfortable havens. Week 4 of the Sustainable House Day program will feature two expert webinars on building climate resilience.

As our climate changes, using water responsibly is more important that ever. There are many ways to reduce your water use at home, including harvesting and storing water on your property. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by our homeowners and experts on strategies for using water sustainably.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with minimising water use.

Featuring

Speakers:

Margaret Mossakowska, Moss House Edible Garden (NSW)
Roman Spur, Spurtopia Homestead (QLD)
Eric Brocken, Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

Heating and cooling are often the most energy intense activities in our homes. As part of our Sustainable House Day Retrofitting Week, this Expert Session will bring you presentations by experts on how to reduce your need for active heating and cooling, whether you live in the tropics or Tasmania.

In the second half of our webinar, we’ll open up a panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts and some of our Sustainable House Day homeowners, who will share their first-hand experience with cooling and heating their homes sustainably.

Featuring

Speakers:

Tim Forcey, My Efficient Electric Home
Belinda Allwood, People Oriented Design
MC: Ajay Hooda, Renew

Homeowners:

Carlos Acuna – WA’s First Passive House Plus (WA)
Tony Lawson – Tropical Pavillions (QLD)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are We have a number of free tickets available for those experiencing financial difficulty. You can also buy a pass to all sessions for $60.

• Sustainable House Day is a national event by Renew, a non-profit organisation. Renew recognises that this event that takes place on the stolen lands of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will be directing 5% of all proceeds generated by these webinars to the Pay the Rent initiative, and 5% to Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.

17th October: Sustainable House Day

What do you need to know to get started on your sustainable journey? Hear from homeowners, builders and architects from all over Australia who have been there, done that.  

Homeowners

Simon Clark, McDonald St (VIC)
Lassity Martin, Róisín Dubh House (NSW)
Matthew Saxon, Mt Hawthorn Sustainable House (WA)
Marc Bernstein-Hussmann, Hutt 01 (VIC)
MC: Anna Cumming, Sanctuary Magazine

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

If you’re thinking of taking on the challenge of owner-building, this panel discussion will give you insight on the benefits and thrills of doing-it-yourself and the challenges and pitfalls to avoid.  

 

Homeowners

Graeme Scott, The Wombat III (VIC)
Jason Garrood, Footprint Garden Farm (SA)
Luke Middleton, MM House (VIC)
Andy Lemann, Fibro Cottage Deep Energy Retrofit (NSW)
MC: Emma Scragg, Architect

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

Many of us crave living in a community but starting something new can be intimidating and overwhelming. Learn from homeowners who have manifested sustainable community living in the real world. 

Homeowners

Jo Thierfelder, Witchcliffe Ecovillage (WA)
Clint Hare, The Cape (VIC)
Sally Maguire, Shepherds Ground (NSW)
Graham Thomas, Christie Walk (SA)
Eugenie Stockman, Kyloring Housing Cooperative (WA)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

Home solar works a little differently for everyone, but it’s a key part of transitioning away from fossil fuels. Hear from homeowners who have taken made energy generation a part of their lifestyles.  

 

Homeowners

Martin Anda, Djildjit (WA)
Alan Leenaerts, Alan’s House (VIC)
Howard Elston, Green Home Build (VIC)
Richard, Harmony House (VIC)
Martin Anda, Djildjit (WA)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

Sustainable design is not just about the environment, but about building homes that will adapt to our changing needs. Accessible design has benefits for everyone, learn how our homeowners have put it into practices.  

Homeowners

Clayton McDowell, Desert Rose House (NSW)
Loretta Murray, Loretta’s Generational Home (QLD)
Helen Beazley, Morven (NSW)
Lance and Jenni Banister-Jones, Claremont Forever Home (WA)
Jen Wetselaar, Backyard Retirement (ACT)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

Pressures on energy in a changing climate means that our bills will continue to rise. In this discussion, our homeowners will share sustainable strategies to keep your bills manageable.  

 

Homeowners

John Hay, Sustainable Horticulture (QLD)
Chris & Kat Jones, Chris & Kat’s House (WA)
Brian Mollan, Runs on Sun and Rain (WA)
Julie Mulhauser, Net Zero Merchant Builders Retrofit (VIC)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

Sustainability should be for everyone, not just those who can spend money on the fanciest new technology. These homeowners have created wonderfully effective sustainable homes that didn’t break the bank. 

Homeowners

Tom Lerner, Tom’s Passive Solar Home (WA)
Jacqueline Bosscher, Kenzai (NSW)
Sophia MacRae, Iris House (VIC)
Liz Martin, Bendigo Blue (VIC)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are

We are facing a future of increased risk of bushfires in many parts of Australia, and our homes will need to adapt. Learn how to build and retrofit for bushfire resilience from homeowners with lived experience. 

Homeowners

John Brenan, Henry House (NSW)
Paul Cooper, Illawarra Flame House (NSW)
Tabitha Barclay (VIC)
Alan Burdon, Kurrajong Hill (NSW)

• This session will take place on Zoom.

• Tickets for this session are