Get inspired with Sustainable House Day
  • Thursday 10 September 2015
Connondale house

Interested in sustainable house design principles and keen to see how they have been implemented in a real setting?

Then book into one of Sunshine Coast Council’s organised design talks and tours at sustainable homes in Conondale or Crystal Waters this Sunday, September 13, on Sustainable House Day.

Sunshine Coast Council Manager of Environment and Sustainable Policy Bill Haddrill encourages people to get inspired about a sustainable lifestyle.

“This Sunday, more than 200 sustainable homes are on display across the nation, with some interesting examples open for inspection locally across the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane,” Mr Haddrill said.

“These homes have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind, giving visitors an opportunity to speak to the owners, inspect the houses and receive unbiased advice.

“You can see first hand how to implement sustainable design principles, choose ecological building materials, incorporate renewable energy and water efficiency systems into any renovation or new building projects.”

To coincide with Sustainable House Day, the Australian Government has released a website— - that covers tips and concepts for designing a sustainable house.

Council’s Principal Architect Tony Holzberger recommended looking at the website which also provides lots of valuable information.

“The ‘Your Home’ website is a great resource for home renovators—with standard home designs and specifications that can be downloaded and viewed with your builder,” Mr Holzberger said.

“It you are building on the Sunshine Coast, download the Brisbane specification as this deals with our climatic conditions.”

Design talks and tours are available at the following properties:

1. Contemporary family straw bale house

1675 Maleny Kenilworth Road, Conondale

Open home  - Noon-5pm.

Design talk - 1pm.

2. Staged modular built family home and a contemporary subtropical house with a Japanese design influence and a raised polished concrete floor

Crystal Waters – Kilcoy Lane:

9.30am-11.30am: guided tour and 40-minute talk.

Bookings are essential.

To book or for more information email

To find out about all the open homes across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, visit for listings.

Starting in 2001, Sustainable House Day it is the only national event of its kind, offering a unique education opportunity for the general public to view and access practical information on sustainable living from fellow homeowners.