27.1 C
Byron Shire
December 8, 2022

Step inside these beautiful, practical and sustainable homes

Latest News

Don’t remove the concrete barriers say Tweed Council

The removal of concrete barriers at Reserve Creek Road landslip are putting the community at risk say Tweed Shire Council

Other News

BreastScreen van comes to Byron

The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will be in Byron Bay from 14 – 21 December at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road. Free mammograms are provided to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 and there’s no referral needed.

Development risk

Thank you, Aslan for your editorial. The public are to suffer a great deal in the future if all...

Assange sought asylum

The controversy over the actions of Julian Assange seems to miss a crucial point. His motive for seeking asylum...

Brunswick, Belongil and Tallows wait for Emergency Response Beacons

In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.

Dogs – stay out 

Byron’s Main Beach and playground is a no-dog area. About ten signs clearly state this and unless someone is...

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers. 

One of the beautiful, practical and sustainable open houses you can visit this weekend. Photo supplied

Four fabulous examples of sustainable housing will be open to the public on Sunday, September 16, as part of the annual Sustainable House Day Open Homes event.

The nationwide event has been running since 2001 and this year three homeowners from Byron and one from Tweed will be showcasing their homes and gardens.

They’ll also be sharing their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.

‘The open day is a great way to meet like-minded people, see living examples of sustainable houses and learn practical, sustainable solutions and information on how to transition toward greener living,’ Sustainable House Day Coordinator Andia Cally says.

Rammed earth

Included in this year’s showcase is Elwood Farm, in Limpinwood, a stunning owner-designed home, designed with self-sufficiency in mind.

The three-bedroom house has been built with rammed earth and an array of recycled building materials. The home contains a number of energy-saving features and an extensive edible garden that includes fruit, nuts and vegies, which the homeowners capitalise on year-round, turning them into wine and pickled goods.

From upcycling to award winning

In Mullumbimby, the Repurposed Shed is a great example of how to upcycle an existing building in an affordable way. The owner/builder from Balanced Earth has given a new lease of life to an 80-year old farm shed, converting it into a gallery and one-bedroom home using non-toxic recycled materials.

Balanced Earth’s healthy hempcrete home in Possum Creek will delight sustainability stalwarts with its innovative energy efficiency features, including underground cool tubes to make fridge run more efficiently.

This low-footprint home won the Masters Builders Association’s Energy Efficient Building Award in 2017.

Fig House in Bangalow was inspired by a 150-year old strangler fig that offers natural shading in summer and a wonderful sense of privacy and welcome haven for wildlife. The solar-powered home offers a multitude of water-saving features, passive design and recycled building materials and its north-facing aspect and outdoor areas allow year-round outdoor living.

Expo on Saturday

And that’s not all.

A Sustainable Living Home Expo on Saturday, September 15, offers an all-day program of activities for the whole family to help create more affordable and environmentally friendly homes and lifestyles in our region.

The Tweed Expo runs from 9am-3pm at Kingscliff TAFE and entry is free.

All houses participating in Sustainable House Open Day on Sunday 16 September will be open between 10am – 4pm.

Most offer free entry with some asking for a gold coin donation. These details, along with addresses and a fuller description of the sustainable features are listed on the national website.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Public appeal: Grievous bodily harm, Burliegh Heads

Police have released footage of two men they wish to speak with as part of investigations into the grievous bodily harm of a man at Burleigh Heads on Sunday October 2.

Councils ‘bullied’ with increased NSW govt burdens, say LGNSW

NSW councils have been ‘set up to fail’ with their annual audits ‘because the NSW Government is forcing them to carry the depreciation cost of assets they neither own nor control’, claims the peak body representing councils, Local Government NSW.

Cumbalum shops and affordable homes one step closer – by car

Cumbalum is one step closer towards having some local shops and five new officially affordable homes in perpetuity thanks to council approval of preliminary planning requirements.

Mullum’s zebra crossing win hard fought by residents

A zebra crossing is being installed at a pedestrian safety blackspot near the centre of Mullumbimby, following a long-running campaign by a group of local residents.