SUSTAINABLE HOUSE: Leigh and Ellen Davison outside their Dharmananda house (the loo is on the left).
SUSTAINABLE HOUSE: Leigh and Ellen Davison outside their Dharmananda house (the loo is on the left).

Give your home a green edge

EVERYONE interested in eco-home design and retrofitting existing homes for energy and water efficiency is invited to a Sustainable House Day seminar and trade show at Invercauld House, Lismore on Thursday, September 6.

The seminar comes just before a national Sustainable House Day event on the following Sunday, September 9, in which four Lismore district homes and one business (Nimbin's Rainbow Power Company) have so far registered to take part.

One of those homes belongs to Leigh Davison, senior lecturer in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University, and his wife Ellen, at the Dharmananda community on Terania Creek Rd.

Leigh and Dave Lawrence, both local educators at the forefront of sustainable living and home design for the past 20 years, will be among the presenters at the seminar.

Leigh and Ellen built their home using every possible feature to minimise cost and maximise energy and water efficiency. They incorporated a composting toilet, grey water system, recycled building materials, solar panels and a micro hydro-electric generator wind turbine.

Leigh has spread his passion for sustainability to thousands of university students during his lecturing career.

"It was fun to build my house," Leigh said.

"Because the electrics are 12-volt, I was able to wire it up myself."

Dave teaches energy-efficient house design and sustainable building and construction at Byron Community College. He started the first residential retrofitting consultancy in energy efficiency 17 years ago.

The trade show will start at 5pm, showcasing local businesses and consultants from across the region.

The seminar, starting at 5.35pm, will be followed by a supper and panel discussion on the pros and cons of retrofitting.

Registration is essential: call 1300 878 387.

To show your house on Sustainable House Day, register at sustainable houseday.com.


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