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Sustainable House Day 2019
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable House Day 2019

Sunday September 15th is shaping up to be a cracker Sustainable House Day in the Macedon Ranges.

Eight homes will be open in and close to the Macedon Ranges, with owners enthusiastic about sharing their experience at making their homes more comfortable, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

There are two mudbrick houses, a strawbale house and a couple constructed from more familiar materials. There are custom builds and homes that are evolving over time, places “in town” and places on acreage, people who’ve been working on their homes for over 30 years and people who are relative rookies. What they all have is people who are passionate about making their homes work better and sharing their experiences to helping others start or continue their own improvements.

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Melbourne Knowledge Week - Circular living: designing a sustainable future
May
22
10:30 AM10:30

Melbourne Knowledge Week - Circular living: designing a sustainable future

  • Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street North Melbourne Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you are in Melbourne on Wednesday with an hour to spare between 10.30 and 11.30, why not go along to hear a panel discussion on designing a sustainable future, as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week?

Free event - book tickets via the Melbourne Knowledge Week site.

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Sustainable Housing Education Day (SHED) - Castlemaine
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Sustainable Housing Education Day (SHED) - Castlemaine

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group is running a Sustainable Housing Education Day in Castlemaine on Sunday May 19th. Be inspired by what four residents of the Mount Alexander Shire have achieved with their homes and find out how they did it.

Four houses across Castlemaine will be open for a tour and there will be a panel discussion on affordable sustainable housing at the end of the day.

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"The secrets of efficient and comfortable homes" - Richard Keech
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

"The secrets of efficient and comfortable homes" - Richard Keech

 Making your home more efficient is a journey that can lead to both improved comfort and lower energy bills.  Come and be inspired to take that journey by seeing examples of how it's possible to achieve energy bills of near zero and, at the same time, making your home a nicer place to be.  This talk will also touch on rooftop solar and batteries .

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Tour Nightingale 1 in Brunswick
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Nightingale 1 in Brunswick

Nightingale buildings aim to deliver multi-residential housing in cities that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive: apartments designed with a focus on residents’ needs.

30-minute public tours of the multi-award-winning “Nightingale 1” in Brunswick are held on various Thursdays throughout the year.

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Retrofit your home workshop: Gisborne
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Retrofit your home workshop: Gisborne

  • Gisborne Administration Centre, 40 Robertson Street, Gisborne 3437 (map)
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Did you know that most of the energy you use in your home goes into heating and cooling?

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is running a free workshop on retrofitting. Come along and find out what you can do at home to reduce your environmental footprint and save money.

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Tiny House Festival - Bendigo
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Tiny House Festival - Bendigo

Everyone knows that good things come in small packages, so find out why the tiny house movement is taking off at Australia’s first tiny house festival.

Brought to you by Tiny Houses Australia, an online community dedicated to celebrating living in tiny houses, the Tiny House Festival will be held at Bendigo Racecourse on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 in 2019.

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Melbourne book launch: "Housing for Degrowth"
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Melbourne book launch: "Housing for Degrowth"

“Degrowth” is a kind of shorthand for planned economic contraction and living lives of sufficiency. If you’ve read “Affluenza” and/ or “Curing Affluenza”, or David Homgren’s book “Retrosuburbia”, you’ll be familiar with the idea. An article from The Conversation sums it up nicely.

Associate Professor Anitra Nelson led the editorial team on a new book explaining and debating degrowth in cities and housing. The Melbourne launch of the book will take place at RMIT during the national Sustainable Living Festival.

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Feb
16
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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'Aussie Street' RetroSuburbia with David Holmgren
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

'Aussie Street' RetroSuburbia with David Holmgren

  • The Clocktower CentreMoonee Ponds, VIC 3039 (map)
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In Aussie Street, David Holmgren - permaculture co-originator - presents the history and future of suburbia as a serious but humorous presentation.

How might our neighbourhoods be different in the future? Find out at this free event presented by the Moonee Valley City Council as part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019.

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What on earth is an Earthship? Find out at Kinglake!
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

What on earth is an Earthship? Find out at Kinglake!

  • 19 Ward Street Kinglake, VIC, 3763 Australia (map)
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Earthships are unique dwellings constructed with significant reuse of materials.

Daryl Taylor is opening Kinship (the Kinglake Earthship) for tours on Saturdays in February. There will a comprehensive presentation on the site history and evolution and the application of Biotecture, Permaculture and Regenerative eco-design principles and practices followed by an extensive guided tour and an in-depth and highly practical 'how to .. ' Q & A.

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Feb
2
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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Ceres Ecohouse "open day"
Dec
1
9:30 AM09:30

Ceres Ecohouse "open day"

  • Ceres Community Environment Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Ceres Ecohouse is part functional home, part educational resource. It’s a model of an ongoing retrofit of 1920s weatherboard house and garden. Through new technologies and design the Ecohouse demonstrates how we can increase liveability and decrease environmental impact, all the while paying appropriate consideration to the economics.

The EcoHouse hosts ‘Open Days’ with a staff member every first and third Saturday of the month 9:30 – 14:30. (Check with Ceres to confirm opening during Christmas and January, phone (03) 9389 0100)

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Native Plant Seed Collecting Workshop
Nov
24
10:30 AM10:30

Native Plant Seed Collecting Workshop

  • Honeycomb Reserve, Honeycomb Road Campbells Creek (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Landscaping can play an important part in making your home sustainable, by providing shade, directing wind, breezes and frost.

Pick up some tips on native plant seed collection at a free two-hour seed collecting workshop being run by Mount Alexander Shire Council at Campbells Creek this Saturday, 24 November.

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Sustainable building information session - Gisborne
Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

Sustainable building information session - Gisborne

The popular sustainable building information session returns to Gisborne in an afternoon timeslot.

If you’re planning to build or renovate, or have an interest in sustainable building design, you’re invited to Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s free sustainable building information session. Hosted by qualified sustainable building designer and MRSC staff member, Felicity Houghton.

Free event - registration required via Goldfields Libraries website.

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Australian Native Food Harvest for Cooks & Gardeners
Oct
31
1:00 PM13:00

Australian Native Food Harvest for Cooks & Gardeners

  • Sunbury Youth and Library Centre (map)
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Sunbury Library is hosting a session with Julie Weatherhead from Peppermint Ridge Farm.

Learn more about Australian Native Foods: which plants will grow best in your garden, how to propagate them and how to use them in your everyday cooking. Plus, sample ingredients featured in her book “Australian Native Food Harvest: a Guide for the Passionate Cook and Gardener”.

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Sustainable House Day 2018
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable House Day 2018

About 40% of Australian homes’ energy costs relate to heating and cooling. In the Macedon Ranges that’s predominantly heating. On Sustainable House Day, Sunday 16 September, you can visit four homes in and around the Macedon Ranges and learn a range of ways of dealing with winter cold, ranging from the cheap and simple to more expensive and technical.

At Clearwind and Jocks Gully you can also learn about growing your own food, expanding the idea of a “sustainable house” to encompass more aspects of sustainable lifestyle.

Please register at sustainablehouseday.com and come visit!

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