Sunshine Coast residents and visitors seeking green inspiration can step inside sustainable homes and gardens across the region on 8 September, as part of Sustainable House Day.
The free bus tour will stop at five stunning properties, where architects, builders or owners will share information about the sustainable projects and initiatives featured on-site.
For those who prefer to travel under their own steam, selected homes and community gardens in Yandina, Eumundi and Noosa are open for public viewing between 10am – 4pm.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Tony Wellington said the event was a terrific opportunity for residents to pick up tips about reducing their impact on our environment.
“Sustainable House Day is a nationwide event which gives people the chance to look at houses designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind,” Cr Wellington said.
“People can talk to the home owners, architects and builders for advice on projects large and small.
“Sustainable living means ensuring that our needs today are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The homeowners with their abodes on show as part of Sustainable House Day have taken that message to heart.
“Whether you own or rent, there’s a range of projects that can help make your home more sustainable.”
The open homes include the Cameron family’s earthen cottage in Eumundi, where the owners will include a showcase of the Rockcote products used in construction and demonstrate the natural clay pizza oven.
Councillor Wellington said council’s Sustainable House Day bus tour is an easy way to visit the houses on show and meet other people interested in sustainable living.
“The tour will include visits to the homes of this year’s Glossies Award winners in the Sustainable Building and Design and Affordable Living categories,” he said.
The Yandina Community Gardens will also be open to showcase a range of sustainable gardening ideas and hold a free Design for Climate workshop with local building and design advice.
For bookings and a list of open homes, head to the events calendar on council’s website. Seats are limited and tour bookings must be made by 12pm 6 September.
Open to the public 10am-4pm.
Yandina: Community Gardens and the Blue House, 41 Farrell St Yandina
Eumundi: Rockcote Earthern Cottage, Sieb Rd, Eumundi
Noosaville: Shlegeris residence, 175 Lake Weyba Dr, Noosaville
Cleantech group representative, architect and Greenstar professional, Jan Andrews will join the group on the tour bus to answer questions.
• 9am – Depart Nambour Council Offices (Cr Currie and Bury St)
• 9.30am - 10am – Obi Obi property tour
The form of this simple, elegant home has been manipulated to suit the climate and landscape and to enhance the passive design and connection to light, air and views.
• 10.30am - 11.45pm – Yandina Community Gardens
(Design for Climate workshop or aquaponics presentation, Garden tour, refreshments)
These award winning gardens are the region’s premier sub-tropical planting destination.
• 12 pm - 12.40pm – Rockcote Earthern Cottage, Eumundi
This entire small two bedroom cottage has been constructed using renewable and sustainable resources which can be returned to the Earth. The Cameron family designed the home to meet current needs, while maintaining the flexibility to evolve into other uses in the future.
Drive Noosaville (BYO lunch)
• 1pm - 1.30pm – Shlegeris Residence, Noosaville
Highly energy‐efficient and sustainably designed, specified, sourced, and operated, the Shlegeris Residence shows how these crucial concepts can enhance liveability, beauty and functionality.
• 2.15pm - 2.45pm – Halcyon Landing (Over 50’s Lifestyle Resort), Bli Bli
A master planned community with communal recreation facilities for over 50s. The development consists of smaller, adaptable and low maintenance homes with an 8 star energy efficient rating.
• 3pm – Return to Nambour
Sustainable House Day Tours
Yandina: Community Gardens and The Blue House, 41 Farrell Street, Yandina
Eumundi: Rockcote Earthern Cottage, Sieb Road, Eumundi
Noosaville: Shlegeris Residence, 175 Lake Weyba Drive, Noosaville
8th of September 2013
10am - 4pm
Bookings must be made by 12pm on the 6th of September
For further information head to Council's Website
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