Are you looking for real life experiences to design and build a house for a more sustainable living lifestyle?
Last year 272 homes opened their doors to over 40,000 visitors. More and more Australians are looking for ways to reduce our energy footprint and renewable energy is high on our priority list.
Head over to sustainablehouseday.com to find out open houses in your state, your suburb. Once on the homepage click on House Locations and select your state.
You’ll see a list of open houses with street address alongside of other interesting info.
Depending on the type of house you are thinking to build examine the information in the House Style and Lifestyle columns. Click on the “Info Sheet” link (usually in the Suburb column) to check out a more detailed information page with pictures of the house and what other people think of it from a sustainable living standpoint.
I would suggest to visit houses recently built by or with assistance of an architect with the owners actually living in it. The best way to get real life tips and ideas is for you to speak with the owners and encourage them to share their experience about designing, building and living in a sustainable house. That way wou can learn a lot, not only about the house construction process, materials used, but also everything about comfort, costs to run, maintenance, and… possible mistakes to avoid.
You can always visit display houses at another time.
Plan your visit and expect to see some amazing constructions.
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