Sustainable Home Tour 2015

As an evolving continuation of last years very successful Sustainable House Tour Lisa Yeates and I decided to run the day again. This time we opened three homes in the Kentish region in North West Tasmania, under the craggy Mt Roland.

Last year we only asked for donations. This year we charged a set fee per home with discounts for multiple bookings and couples.  This was all bookable on line through

The day was a great success with all three homes almost booked out.

The three homes were very different so offered people choice. One was an owner built strawbale, the next had installed lithium ion phosphate battery bank as a stand alone solar set up, and the third was an all round well designed and built solar passive home.

The very cold morning, around zero, showed off the impressive insulation qualities of strawbale with the inside temperature of the house being 17c without any heating on.,

Feedback was extremely positive and Diy-Eco looks forward to running another very soon



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.


Sustainable House Tour May 10th Northern Tasmania

A chance to talk to the owners of two very different sustainable homes, ask them the burning questions you might have about aspects of sustainability in a home and enjoy some great morning or afternoon tea.


Sustainable House Tours – The inside story.

Saturday May 10th

10.30-12.30 & 2.00-4.00

From the folks that brought Sustainable House Day to Northern Tasmania.


Come along and pick the brains of sustainable home owners about the nitty gritty of their experiences creating and living in a sustainable home.


  • Cost:  By donation. You pay what you think the session was worth.
  • Numbers:  Limited. This ensures that in depth information can be discussed
  • Session Length: 90 minute session at each home. Each home open in the morning and afternoon. You pick the session that suits you.
  • Afternoon/morning tea:  Yum. Will be available
  • Bookings:  Essential. Contact Lisa on 0427 283 403 or email annelisa(at) Details of locations provided when booking.
  • House locations:  In the Meander Valley


Two very different homes.

House 1:        Transformation of a 1940,s weatherboard house that optimises energy efficiency and minimises running costs.

85 Meander Valley rd westbury 2


  • Sharing (by blog) extensive research on all materials used for sustainability and availability.
  • Owner built studio extension (mega anchors, double glazing, sustainable flooring, hardwood framing, wool insulation, plastic/wood composite deck)
  • Grid connect solar. Energy efficient lighting
  • Heat pump hot water unit, water saving devices
  • Up-cycled and recycled materials
  • Natural paints and floor finishes
  • Retro fitted insulation (roof and walls) and draught proofing


House 2:        Maximum sustainability with minimum environmental footprint. Purpose designed passive solar house.


  • Passive solar design
  • Recycled materials
  • Stand alone solar power
  • Composting toilet
  • Permaculture garden with swales
  • Onsite greywater treatment system
  • water reticulation system for house and garden using dams, tanks and solar pumps
  • Owner built