Sustainable House Day (SHD) has taken place every September since 2001. 2010 saw a record 272 homes open their doors to SHD volunteers and over 40,000 local community members with an interest in learning more about how sustainability can be practicably implemented in day-to-day living. Solar Choice will be taking part in the Sustainable House Day 2011 event, for which over 300 homes across Australia are expected to be available for public viewing. A number of informative events at community centres are also planned, including an Info Fest at the Redfern Town Hall, where Solar Choice will have a stand.
What is Sustainable House Day?
Sustainable House Day is an initiative of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES), a not-for-profit solar industry peak organisation that is a vocal advocate of residential and commercial solar power throughout Australia. It is a free event–there is no cost to participate.
The original intention of SHD, however, was to promote solar power as one important aspect of the whole panoply that need attention in any holistic and practical approach to sustainability: all types of renewable energy, recycling, efficient water use, and the overall reduction of a home’s environmental impact. Houses on display include actual residences as well as demo/display houses; this year one sustainable strata block will also be taking part.
The SHD experience for households, volunteers, and visitors alike is meant to be fun and informative, and contribute to local community awareness of sustainable living. SHD gives people the opportunity to have a peek inside households that have been designed, built, or fitted specifically with sustainability in mind–whether this means solar panels, low-impact building materials, grey and blackwater recycling, or home food production.
Solar Choice stall at Sustainable House Day Info Fest, Redfern Town Hall
Solar Choice Commercial Tenders Manager and other staff will be giving a presentation around 1pm at Redfern Town Hall for the SHD Info Fest. We would be happy to have a chat with you about options for solar power in your area.
Sustainable House Day participants and events in your area
Sustainable House Day 2011 will take place on 11 September from 10am-4pm in households and centres throughout Australia. The SHD website has a list of the homes on display as well as a list of SHD-day related events, searchable by region.
Promotions for Sustainable House Day 2011 are being handled by sustainability social networking and directory site Shmeco.
Written by James Martin
© 2011 Solar Choice Pty Ltd
He is now the communications manager for energy technology startup SwitchDin, but remains an occasional contributor to the Solar Choice blog.
James lives in Newcastle in a house with a weird solar system.
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