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.

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, Mount Hawthorn Sustainable House (WA)
Marc Bernstein-Hussmann, Hutt 01 (VIC)

MC: Anna Cumming, Sanctuary Magazine

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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)
Geoff Cameron, Geoff’s Hemp House (NSW)
Luke Middleton, MM House (VIC)
Andy Lemann, Fibro Cottage Deep Energy Retrofit (NSW)

MC: Emma Scragg, Architect

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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

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


MC: Anna Cumming, Sanctuary Magazine

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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)

MC: Damien Moyse, DELWP

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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

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)

MC: Clayton McDowell, University of Wollongong

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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)

MC: Jenny Edwards, Light House Architecture and Science

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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)
Malcolm McKelvie, Yarragon Strawbale House (VIC)
Liz Martin, Bendigo Blue (VIC)

MC: Daniel Berry, City of Monash

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

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• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.

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
Alan Burdon, Kurrajong Hill House (NSW)

MC: Nigel Bell, Eco Design Architects

• This session will take place on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom on your computer, download it here.

• This session is

• Please note, the same link gives you access to the entire day of sessions. To join this session, be sure to join at the scheduled time.