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Live Sustainably in Tiny Houses

energy-tiny-house-green-cropBy Marc Stapelberg

Compliments: Northern Star

SIMON Hartley is one of many forward-thinking residents of our region doing some impressive sustainable living experiments in their homes and yards.

Mr Hartley will open up his home to the public this month as part of Sustainable House Day, actually run over three days this year in a joint project between Lismore and Byron Shire Councils.

Live Sustainably in Tiny Houses Simon Hartley Goonellabah

At the main event in Bangalow, a suburb of “tiny houses” will pop up for the Sustainable House Day Expo, held on Saturday September 13.

These three homes are open this Sunday:
• 9am-noon. Richard Swinton and Cindy Thummell at 24 Ryces Dr, Clunes have retrofitted a 1980s project home.
• 10am-4pm. The Robinsons at 182 Bentley Rd, Tullera have built a new, low-cost sustainable home.
• 10am-4pm. Elaine Wood at 51 Cedar Dr, Dunoon has a solar passive steel-frame design.

These two homes are open next Sunday, September 14:
• 10am-4pm. Vanessa Tallon at 9 Keith St, Girards Hill has retrofitted a 1940s weatherboard cottage.
• 10am-4pm. Simon Hartley at 2/89 Figtree Dr, Goonellabah has a retrofitted brick duplex with intensive food production.

The popular tiny house movement is built on saving time, money, and the environment by dramatically reducing the size of our living spaces.

The event will include speakers on tiny houses, straw-bale building and a carbon neutral eco-village and information on repurposed shipping container housing, solar passive designs, aquaponics and retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

Examples of “green” granny flat designs will also go on show, with the winner of Sustainable Small House Design Competition to be announced on the day.

There were 50 entries to the competition that gave designers a blank slate to create the best possible sustainable design.

“The competition was open to professional architects and designers, the community and young people,” Lismore City Council environment strategies officer Vanessa Tallon said.

“Some of the entries are unique and provide clever insight into how to build small and sustainable.”

Five locals are opening their homes for inspection on the Sunday before and the day after the expo.

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