May 2014: Sustainable House Tour a great success

On May 10th two houses in Northern Tasmania opened there doors for a nitty gritty in depth look at living in a sustainable home.

Each house was very different. Our house in Westbury a 1940’s weatherboard renovation with an owner built extension. Sandy Tiffin’s house in Meander built from recycled materials with a permaculture garden, off the grid power and a composting toilet.

When Lisa Yeates and I started promoting the idea bookings started to trickle in, and then with the promotion by the Alternate Energy Association we filled  our twenty places.

We had people interested in renovation, new building, builders and just with an interest in sustainability attend on a rainy morning in Westbury.

After a short talk on the history of our house we all went on a tour of the inside. Unfortunately it was a very wet morning so we did not make it outside. People were extremely interested in the way we had insulation pumped into the outside walls, the secondary “Clear Comfort” double glazing, The Home Energy Audit Toolkit available to borrow for free from your local Tasmanian council, floor coverings, custom recycled kitchen, wall and floor finishes and lots more.

A great morning tea was part of the deal and was eagerly consumed.

In the afternoon it was Sandy’s turn at Meander. Everybody from the morning had had lunch in Deloraine or Westbury and made the long walk up the quite steep driveway.

Sustainable House Tour at Sandy Tiffin's

Sustainable House Tour at Sandy Tiffin’s

The sun had come out and revealed the valley in all its Autumn glory. In fact it was so beautiful that Lisa who was taking photo’s forgot to photograph the goings on and aimed her camera at the view.

Forget the house check out the views

Forget the house check out the views

Sandy took us through the story of looking for the land, planning with Council, building, growing of her banana tree in a north facing two storey conservatory, and the stories behind the various materials used in the build.

Sandy Tiffin's house at Meander

Sandy Tiffin’s house at Meander

The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and the pay by donation idea has worked. We will be looking to run another day in other houses towards the end of the year.


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