Northern Territory has been opened this year! Five of Darwin’s most environmentally progressive homes are on the list of Sustainable House Day open houses. The line-up of these properties goes from Darwin’s oldest heritage tropical home (Burnett House) to an energy efficiency house.

Renovations targeting ‘Net Zero emissions’: The double brick Town House is oriented North East-South West, facing the Tipperary waters Marina. Some of the passive cooling techniques implemented in the house include shading provided by the garden and great air circulation through large windows. Renovations are planned for increasing energy efficiency of this dwelling. Book your tickets now by clicking here.

Tropical Design: Located in Girraween and was designed by Troppo Architects. The house features open living in a natural bushland setting and includes high ceilings and floor to ceiling ‘walls’ of louvres to maximize cross ventilation and take advantage of cooling breezes. An up-sloping roof on the deck promotes unobstructed views of the surrounding bushland and the sunrise to the east and sunset to the west. The house incorporates a 4.5 kW solar panel system, LED lighting and salvaged timber. Book your tickets now by clicking here.

Burnett House: Burnett House in Larrakeyah is a National Trust property designed by Beni C.G. Burnett, an Australian Government principal architect to NT in the 1930s who is famous for his robust and liveable buildings most suitable to Darwin’s climate. Burnett House is a 1938 “K Type” designed specifically for the tropics to maximise airflow and ventilation. The design also incorporates ‘sleeping verandahs’ which take full advantage of cooling breezes during hot tropical nights. A unique feature of the house is the colored compass inlay on the ground floor concrete slab. The living areas are located downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. This elegant building used quality materials and highlighted large window walls. Book your tickets now by clicking here.

Wagaman Energy Efficiency: The original elevated home renovated in 2016 to incorporate more sustainable features and create a more open and tropical design. A 4.6kW solar panel system has been installed, fluorescents lights have been replaced with LED lights and an energy and water monitoring system has been installed to track energy and water consumption. Chris and his family moved from Germany to Darwin 6 years ago and have been on a steep learning curve to adjust to the warm Darwin climate but are pleased with the results of the renovations to reduce their footprint. They are interested in improving their garden and become more sustainable in different areas and recycle bottles through the council. Book your tickets now by clicking here.

Renovated Ground Level House with Edible Garden: An original ground level house purchased in 2009 features loured internal and external walls for cross-ventilation and maximum cooling. An edible garden and water-wise plants are also a feature. Water is reused in the garden and a 4.5kW solar panel system has been installed. The house orients east-west on an angle to the block and no direct sunlight passes through the louvers. A recent installation of bio filtered in-ground pool chlorine and salt-free using a pool ioniser. Book your tickets now by clicking here.

To find out more sustainable living in Tropics in the COOLmob Program of the Environment Centre NT in Darwin.