Friday, August 17, 2012

National Sustainable House Day 2012

National Sustainable House Day is celebrating its 11th birthday this year on September 9. This annual event is held Australia wide and gives people the chance to visit houses that have been designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind and talk to owners, receiving unbiased advice.
As was the case last year, we are running a tour of Tenderbreak Permaculture Farm as an ancillary event to Sustainable House Day.

Our summer garden
Features explored on our tours include:-
  • Passive solar house design using thermal mass to control temperature
  • Earth bermed walls, mudbrick construction and radial sawn timber
  • Oat roller and home motorised grain grinder
  • Designing houses to resist fire & numerous bushfire defence systems including a fire shelter
  • Solar power system that provides power to our house (No mains grid connection)
  • Grey and black water worm farm treatment system.
  • Wood stove for cooking, heating, ironing and hot water supply
  • Fresh water and garden irrigation reticulation systems
  • Large organic veggie garden and use of compost to build soil depth from 10mm to 300mm.
  • Seed saving and companion planting.
  • Organic orchard with over 100 varieties of fruiting trees and bushes
  • Less common plants include yakon, medlar, lemonade tree, white sapote, shatoot mulberry
  • Our flocks of free range hens and ducks
  • Fences, gates, trellises, hothouse and outbuildings made from recycled materials.
  • Our plans to use a steam engine as a back-up power supply for our solar system
  • Fish stocked multifunction dam, and much more
One of our tours
Our property is in the Yarra Valley, 65km from Melbourne. If you would like to join our tour you are very welcome. Bookings are essential as we have a limit of 20 people. The tour runs from 1:30 to 4:30 and the $15 per adult cost includes afternoon tea. Email us for more information at

If you cannot make it on that day, email us, and we will let you know when the next tour is on.
Of course there are plenty of houses open on the day in every state in Australia. Details of these can be found on NSHD website .


sabkon wells said...

hey. the post about such self sufficient homes. seem quite inspiring. i think most important issues like power have a reliable future using pv technologies.


Andrew and Heather said...

Thanks for the comment Sabkon. Yes solar has a lot to offer as a clean source of power. However, unfortunately not all homes are suitable because of shading, orientation, lattitude etc. Windpower has a lot to offer too, but in Australia we seem to be slow to take up these technologies.

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