eTool Houses Are Taking Over Sustainable House Day 2013

Sustainable House Day is a national program which invites people to open up their homes to the public and show everyone how easy and fun it is to live in a sustainable home!
This year the number of eTool houses involved in the event has grown with four new projects completing construction since last year’s open house.

All of our clients involved have tons of information on their websites for you to check out before hand and see what design features you want to find out more about.

If you’re in Western Australia, you can visit Josh’s House (we’ll be there with an eTool stall) and The Green Swing in Perth and Footprint Free on Fitzgerald in Geraldton.

Josh's House

Josh’s House – Hilton, Fremantle

Josh’s House is two three bedroom, two bathroom family homes on a divided block in 50s style suburb in Fremantle. The homes aim to generate more electricity than they use through solar power, be thermally comfortable year round without the need for air conditioning or additional heating and harvest and recycle water. The community feel of the entrance with a planted verge, tree log seats and firepit is a great addition to the neighbourhood. The perfect place to visit if you’re interested in in landscaping and gardening too. We’ll also be in attendance at Josh’s House as it will be the project’s official public launch with self guided tours, presentations and a chance to speak to the experts.


Green Swing

The Green Swing – Victoria Park, Perth

The Green Swing project is a two house, two apartment development, 2 minute walk from Victoria Park train station. The three buildings are all different – one is straw bale, another reverse brick veneer and the third is double brick. The space has a strong community feel with a pedestrian only entrance, veg patches and a community garden next door which the families revegitated from a sump. A great place to visit if you’re interested in different types of builds, learning about the carbon and transport impacts of finishes such as flooring and windows and to also meet the wonderful families who can answer any and all questions!


Footprint Free

Footprint Free On Fitzgerald – Beachlands, Geraldton

Footprint Free on Fitzgerald is the first display home in a new 5 home development in Beachlands. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom which utilising local, sustainable materials and the abundance of sunshine in WA. It has a large 5kW solar PV system and energy monitoring throughout so people can understand where the most energy is being used or saved. One of the project developers Mark will soon be moving into the house to show everyone in Geraldton how easy it is to go zero carbon. Ideal for people looking to buy or renovate zero carbon as Mark and his team will be on hand to answer practical design and build queries!


Wiley Place

Wiley Place – Leederville, Perth

One of our very first projects, Alex’s home Wiley Place is opening up its doors for a second year and will be showcasing some new features, finishes and wood pellet heating system. The 1980s 2 bedroom townhouse was renovated a few years ago to incorporate solar PV, heat pump hot water, additional insulation, ceiling fans and energy monitoring. Alex and Chiara will be giving 10 minutes tours of the house and all the sustainable features while Alex’s Dad Neville fires up the wood pellet BBQ for a charity sausage sizzle. Ideal for homeowner looking to renovate low carbon and in need of sustainable home inspiration!


If you’re in South Australia, head over to the newly completed Zero Carbon Challenge winner at Lochiel Park Green Village in Adelaide.


Zero Carbon Challenge Winner – Lochiel Park, Adelaide

Lot 61 at Lochiel Park is the Zero Carbon Challenge and People’s Choice winner designed by TS4 Living. It is a zero carbon 3 bedroom modern home which utilises renewables including solar PV with gas boost and bio-fuel heating system. Built in just 16 weeks for an average build price of $335,000, this will be the first public launch of the newly finished home which was completed just 2 weeks ago! Perfect for homeowners interested in sustainable energy technologies, modern green architecture and those looking to design their own sustainable home!


Find more sustainable homes in your local area through the Sustainable House Day website and get down to your chosen homes nice and early as it usually gets pretty crazy!

We hope you are inspired by these homes and the amazing people behind them as much as we are. Keep up the great work and spread the word!


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