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Sustainable house fever grips the shires

Left to Right:  Vanessa Ekins (Councilor, Lismore City Council), Shannon Burt (Director Sustainable Environment andf Economy, Byron Shire Council), Dave Lawrence (Designer, Byron Energy Efficient Design and Drafting ), Alice Moffett (Sustainable House Expo and Design Comp Coordinator), Mick Par (community member who has built two sustainable homes), John Lynch (Strategic Planning and Urban Design, Tweed Shire Council). Photo supplied

Left to Right: Vanessa Ekins (Councilor, Lismore City Council), Shannon Burt (Director Sustainable Environment andf Economy, Byron Shire Council), Dave Lawrence (Designer, Byron Energy Efficient Design and Drafting ), Alice Moffett (Sustainable House Expo and Design Comp Coordinator), Mick Par (community member who has built two sustainable homes), John Lynch (Strategic Planning and Urban Design, Tweed Shire Council). Photo supplied

The Sustainable House Expo explodes on Saturday 19 September at Lismore City Hall from 12pm-4pm.

Featuring the much-anticipated exhibition of over 35 eco-house designs from the Sustainable Housing for Life Design Competition.

The judges of the competition are very impressed. Byron Shire Council’s sustainable environment director, Shannon Burt says ‘We were impressed with the designs and visitors to the Expo can expect to see the most sustainable, affordable and liveable designs yet!’

A highlight of the Expo is the opportunity to meet with, and talk to, the designers of the homes.

‘We’ll be displaying designs from professional architects, designer builders, community members and young people. It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free’, Alice Moffett, from the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration, said.

All visitors can win lucky door prizes including a 1kW Enphase micro-inverter solar system from Light Touch Solar & Electrical, a hemp-builders starter kit from the Hemp Masonry Company as well as other prizes.

The Expo will feature solar, hemp-building, composting toilets, green cleaning, community energy, up-cycled furniture and ethical banking stalls and experts.

There’s an interactive energy efficiency education caravan for children and talks by master architects and winners of last year’s Design Competition Ray and Alyssa from Project Habitation as well as a launch of a new home energy freedom book by Beyond Zero Emissions.

It’s all happening from 12 midday to 4pm at the Sustainable House Expo at Lismore City Hall spanning Tweed Shire, Byron Shire and Lismore City councils. Visit www.sevenonsibley.com/shd2015 for more information.

Sustainable House Day is a joint event by Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre, North Coast TAFE, Rous Water, Byron Community College, Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre and event managed by Self Seed.


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