Sustainable Home Day: Digital occasion to supply inspiration to construct the subsequent low-cost inexperienced houses


Sustainable House Day

Fleur Pitman is opening her home nearly for nationwide sustainable home day in September. Image: Peter Ristevski


Easy and inexpensive concepts could be best when designing a home that permits house owners to decrease power prices, stay comfortably and assist the surroundings.

Geelong homebuyers can find out how the house owners of a few of Australia’s finest environmental houses have achieved their sustainability objectives.

Belmont resident Fleur Pitman is becoming a member of greater than 150 folks supply digital excursions of their houses for Sustainable House Day on September 20.

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Ms Pitman stated a very powerful design component was orientating the home to face north and decreasing a home’s footprint by creating extra multi-function areas like study-bedrooms and design leisure items to eradicate separate media rooms.

“Folks don’t must spend more cash, they want to decide on easy methods to spend their cash and what’s that contributing to,” she stated.

“With a challenge house construct, that may so simple as reversing the plan (to face north).”

Her home achieved a eight.5-star ranking when it was in-built 2012, earlier than successful nationwide awards in 2014.

Sustainable House Day

Fleur Pitman is opening her home nearly for sustainable home day on September 20. Image: Peter Ristevski


“My house, with out the double glazing and all the additional issues, nonetheless charges over 7 stars.

“Should you pay for good double-glazed home windows that’s going to contribute to the efficiency for the entire lifetime of the home.

“Should you put that very same cash into your kitchen benchtops, that may be a pleasant piece of granite however is it making your own home extra snug when your low cost aluminium home windows let the warmth are available in and chilly exit?”

Passive photo voltaic design consists of utilizing eaves, which permits most daylight in winter, when the solar is decrease within the sky, however shade in summer time.

Polished concrete flooring and reverse brick veneer partitions (so the bricks are contained in the stud wall) creates thermal mass to retain warmth and naturally regulate the inside temperature.

“When bricks are on the skin of the home they’re simply performing as cladding,” she stated.

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Contained in the sustainable home of Fleur Pitman, open for digital excursions for Sustainable Home Day.


There’s no airconditioning however Ms Pitman makes use of the heater for an hour on winter mornings to lift the temperature from 18 to 20 levels, leaving the solar to do the remainder.

In summer time, the concrete and brick attracts warmth from the air, whereas ceiling followers can provide a 5 per cent notion of cooling, she stated.

“In January, once we’ve had runs of 5 or so days over 40 levels, for the primary couple of days this home has been 22 inside and on the finish it’s solely maxed out at 26 levels.”

Contained in the sustainable home of Fleur Pitman, open for digital excursions for Sustainable Home Day.


Discover out extra about Ms Pitman’s Belmont Sustainable Home and others on video excursions and ask questions on the web site at sustainablehouseday.com/program/.

Chosen owners can even participate in data classes, hosted on Zoom by sustainability specialists, designers and designers.

Contributors should register at sustainablehouseday.com/register

Geelong Sustainability Group will host an analogous occasion on October 10 and 11. See geelongsustainability.org.au/shd2020/ for particulars.