September 15 -  21, 2019: Issue 421


Sustainable House Day 2019

This Award Winning granny flat at North Avalon is one of the local houses you can visit as part of this years Sustainable Houses Day
Open the door to sustainable living by touring some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day, 15th of September 2019. This unique peer to peer education is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration, ideas and the key to sustainable living.

Below run two brilliant examples available here.

To find more local Sustainable houses open this Sunday, please visit:

Avalon beach granny flat wins prestigious national design award 

At last weekend’s Building Design Association of Australia Awards a granny flat built on Sydney’s Northern Beaches by Tanya and Phil Deer won Best Secondary Dwelling / Granny Flat in Australia.

Granny Flats can be done well with some thought and not much more money

The awards celebrate design excellence and this 60 square metre, two-bedroom small home – with over 50 square metres of covered deck outdoor living area – was a stand-out in its category.

“We’re really pleased to win this award” said Phil Deer. “It was very much a collaborative effort between ourselves, our architect Claus Ejlersten of BAAHouse Architects and our builders Dave Payten and Paul Silver.”

The journey started over two years ago when Tanya and Phil sold their large family home in North Avalon and were looking for a property that would allow them to build a second dwelling/ Granny Flat. They found the perfect property at the foot of Bangalley Headland that had a very sunny aspect and room to develop, with the original 1960’s California bungalow at the rear of the property.

Design to get the best out of your property

With six months of researching the type of designs that they felt would best suit the property they settled on the BAAHouse design. “We wanted something that was energy efficient, quick to build (the build time was just 81/2 weeks to lock up), utilised natural timbers and local sandstone, and had good outdoor living space.” Said Tanya Deer, “and of course, as the dwelling was to be situated at the front of the property it had to add to the value of the property – we certainly did not want a square box granny flat at the front of the block.”

Sustainable Housing can be affordable

The home, which Tanya and Phil have moved into while they complete a renovation of the main house, has delivered exceptionally well on energy efficiency with no heating required throughout this past winter. The huge double glazed doors on the northern face of the building, coupled with the panelled roof with an exceptionally high insulation rating of R5.1, help to retain heat from winter sun, while in summer the cross flow ventilation, high-level screening and awnings deflect the sun’s rays.

This super cute home was designed to remove winter heating and summer cooling costs completely while enjoying the landscape views across the Bangally Headland bush. This very small footprint, 60m2 home includes solar PV, a 3,000 litre water tank, double glazed doors and a garden with native plants. 

The house is open for Sustainable House Day from 10am on Sunday 15th September at 23 Watkins Road North Avalon.

Permanora at Elanora Heights 

Selena Griffith: 

For the past 5 years I've opened my renovated 1960's cottage and permaculture garden at 25 Elanora Rd Elanora Heights, Sydney for Sustainable House Day. It has been a rewarding experience. This year Permanora will be open again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I love having genuine conversations with people who are interested in making tangible changes in their lives to help them have less environmental impact. Opening the house allows me to answer questions about saving water and energy, eliminating single-use plastics & other packaging, eating local produce, growing your own food, keeping native bees, bush tucker, sustainable communities, living chemical-free, and sharing ideas and solutions.

I can also demonstrate some great products from social enterprises that can help people become more responsible consumers. This year I'll be displaying products from:‎ - no more pads or tampons! - toilet paper - eco personal products - a recycled wool throw - circular economy coffee - eco-cleaning - food storage - native edibles