Sustainable House Day 2012

Sustainable House Day started in 2001 and continues to inspire, educate and encourage people to ‘see it for themselves’ by visiting one of the 13 homes that are open around Geelong and the Surf Coast.

A combination of newly designed homes and retrofitted homes means there’s stacks of ideas for all budgets.  Of course the thing that really interests me is that some homes are opening purely for their gardens!  A combinations of indigenous, native gardens as well as highly productive gardens are on display, including an oil producing olive grove in Lara.

Local volunteers from the Geelong Sustainability Group and the Surf Coast Energy Group will also be available to help with guided tours and answer any questions you may have.  Entry is FREE and houses are open from 10am till 4pm.  This year’s event is made possible with support from the City of Greater Geelong.


In a novel idea, the Surf Coast Energy Group have arranged for you to meet ‘Sustainable Designer’ which will operate from 2pm to 5pm at the Torquay Angling Club (Esplanade, Fishermans Beach, Torquay) and also The Red Till Cafe’ in Anglesea.  The sessions are FREE but limited to 15 minutes.


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Green House

This documentary forms part of SCEG’s environmental film season and also ties in with Sustainable House Day on Sunday September 9th.

The Green House is a documentary about the building of the first carbon neutral house in Washington, D.C. This film provides an interesting look at how building and living directly impacts the environment. The designers of this carbon neutral house wanted to set the standards for future builds and also wanted to inspire perhaps the ‘not so green’ client.

Geoffrey Fulton, architect from Fulton and Salomon will be giving a short presentation and Raphael Siket, building biologist from Ecolibria, will also be available to answer questions regarding creating a healthy environment within a building. Of course SCEG will be serving the usual amazing supper.

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Backyard Harvest organic gardening workshop


This Wednesday evening at Danawa Community Garden in Torquay, Backyard Harvest will be running an introduction to sustainable and organic gardening workshop.  We’ll be looking at water saving strategies, alternatives to chemical herbicides and pesticides, composting etc. 5:30pm to 7:00pm and proudly supported by the wonderful folks at the Surf Coast Energy Group!


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