Sustainable home expo set to inspire better living

From left: Natalie Myer (Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre), Alice Moffit (Green Building Centre) , Kerrie Bowtell (North Coast TAFE), Kim Mallee (Byron Shire Council), Klara Marosszeky (North Coast TAFE), David McDonald and Vanessa Tallon (both from Lismore City Council) at yesterday’s launch.

From left: Natalie Myer (Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre), Alice Moffit (Green Building Centre), Kerrie Bowtell (North Coast TAFE), Kim Mallee (Byron Shire Council), Klara Marosszeky (North Coast TAFE), David McDonald and Vanessa Tallon (both from Lismore City Council) at the recent launch of the sustainable small house design competition. An exhibition of the entries will be displayed at the expo on Saturday.

Northern rivers locals looking for inspiring better-living ideas and the latest in sustainable design and energy efficiency should get along to Saturday’s Sustainable House Day Expo at Bangalow.

The free-entry expo at the Bangalow A and I Hall from 1pm-4pm features sustainable building product and service displays and presentations from speakers covering straw-bale building, a regional tiny house project and a carbon neutral eco-village.

It will also include an award presentation and exhibition of entries in a ‘Sustainable Granny Flat Design Competition’.

The competition was open to professional architects and designers, the community and young people.

Lismore City Council environment strategies officer Vanessa Tallon said the entries are unique and provide clever insight into how to build small and sustainable.

‘We were very impressed with the number and quality of entries and the expo will be a great place to be inspired,’ Ms Tallon said.

‘Council staff will be at the expo with information about our Community Energy Efficiency Program, which is improving energy efficiency at council-owned facilities, and the new Section 64 and Section 94 contributions discount policy.

‘This can save eligible residents thousands of dollars if they build a secondary dwelling such as a granny flat,’ she said.

On Sunday, 14 September, two Lismore-area locals will open their homes and gardens for Sustainable House Day to share their ideas on sustainable living and food production, solar passive home design and retrofitting.

They are Simon Hartley at 2/89 Figtree Drive, Goonellabah, with a retrofitted brick duplex and intensive food production including hydroponics, from 10am-4pm; and Ms Tallon’s home at 9 Keith Street, Girards Hill, with a retrofitted 1940s weatherboard home, from 10am-4pm.

The Sustainable House Day events are a partnership between Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre’s 7 Sibley Street Project, Byron Region Community College, North Coast TAFE and Rous Water.




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