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Check out some green homes

By Gungahlin Al - 11 September 2009 3

Sustainable House Day is on this Sunday 13/9/09 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

There are eight homes open for inspection around Canberra, and entry is free.
Two are in Harrison (includes ours), one in Murrumbateman, two in Watson, and one in each of Narrabundah, Duffy and Lyneham.

House 1
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Daryl & Hugh Lawrence 2629
2629 Barton Highway MURRUMBATEMAN NSW 2582

House 2
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Alan Kerlin
133 Nullabor Ave HARRISON ACT 2914

House 3
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Gillian & Keith Helyar
67 Roma Mitchell Cres WATSON ACT 2602

House 4
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Delwyn & Duncan Craig
15 Roma Mitchell St North Watson 2603

House 5
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Penney & David Nettlefold
1 Ningaloo St HARRISON ACT 2914

House 6
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Martin Helmreich & Belinda Pratten
128 Goyder St NARRABUNDAH ACT 2604

House 7
Canberra & surrounds ACT
8 Wuruma Pl DUFFY ACT 2611

House 8
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Matthew Driver & Melissa Fellows
67 Archibald St LYNEHAM ACT 2602

More details on all homes are on http://www.sustainablehouseday.com

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3 Responses to
Check out some green homes
Holden Caulfield 9:52 am 14 Sep 09

Plus, sadly, it’s what the clients want.

Gungahlin Al 7:42 am 14 Sep 09

Cheers Tempestas.

We had a massive day, with 219 people through, versus I think it was 187 last year.

Yes you are right, yet many of the things that are being done wrong don’t cost more to do right. One of the reasons so many houses have no eaves is that in some councils, eaves are included in setback laws, so by removing the eaves, a house can be brought closer to the boundary (i.e. be made bigger). But this isn’t the case in ACT. The wall is on the boundary setback – the eave can overlap it (to a degree).

So why do we have eaveless houses here? Lazy builders not prepared to modify standard project home plans. And not prepared to educate their clients.

Tempestas 7:09 pm 13 Sep 09

Al thanks for letting us know about this, the five houses we visited were all different and informative.

The really frightening thing about the newer homes was the sheer lack of foresight into the majority of houses around them. I know there are some additional upfront costs in going down the path you and others have chosen, but the resource waste that was evident in houses with West facing windows, or narrow north facing eaves in houses built in less than the last ten years is astounding.

Plenty of ideas, thanks again, and good on you and the others for opening up your homes to share the knowledge.

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