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Sustainable House Day - The Nillumbik Trail 2023

More than ten homes are opening for FREE public tours on The Nillumbik Trail - Sunday 19 March as part of the national Sustainable House Day.

Whether you are looking to retrofit an existing home, or planning a new build or renovation, come and chat to homeowners who have 'been there and done that.'  Their personal experiences are invaluable and inspiring. 

All of the participating houses are in and around the Shire of Nillumbik, so there is a local edge as to how the homeowners made their houses more sustainable.

If you are interested in opening your house, registrations close 20 February 2023.   For more information on what's involved see and/or contact

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See below some of the Nillumbik houses that will be participating, including links to the national Sustainable House Day website presented by Renew.

Check back here in late February for full profiles of the confirmed homes, and details on how to register to follow The Nillumbik Trail!

Treehouse - ELTHAM

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A treehouse inside and out - climb the striking timber staircase spiraling up to the highest views across Eltham's treetops.

See full profile for Eltham Treehouse here

Your hosts: Andrew & Katherine, HayneWadley Architects

Renovation - RESEARCH

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Do your research on renovating at this BAL40 rated home that added a second storey and 9.9kW of solar PV on 6 acres of steep woodland.

See full profile for Research Renovation here

Your host: Mark 

Our Comfy Home - PANTON HILLS

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Romney's experience in the sustainability sector has helped transform a concrete box into a dream home.


Come see the two eastern spinebills enjoy the new garden additions.

See full profile for Our Comfy Home here

Your hosts: Romney and Ian 


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That 70's house has been progressively upgraded to achieve a 10 star energy rating.  An accredited scorecard assessor, Lucinda has walked the talk and has the solutions to going green.

See full profile for HomePatch here

Your host: Lucinda Flynn, Going Green Solutions

Strawbale House - ELTHAM

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You can huff and you can puff but you won't blow this strawbale house down, not even in a bushfire.

Owner built on a shoestring budget, featuring beautiful Australian timbers and two electric cars.

See full profile for Eltham Strawbale house here

Your hosts: Mat & Jacqui

The Panel House - WARRANDYTE


The signature project from G-LUX Builders.  Jesse's own home demonstrates the use of high quality, sustainable and Australian sourced materials in a certified passive house design.

See full profile for The Panel House here

Your host: Jesse Glascott, G-LUX Builders

Urban Earth House - HURSTBRIDGE


Designed by Nillumbik's holistic architect, Craig Byatt.


This home is 'earth ship inspired'.  Come to find out what an earth berm is and stay to admire the bespoke kitchen art splashback.

See full profile for Urban Earth House here 

Your host: TBC

Henry House - ST ANDREWS

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Heard it on the grapevine? 

Overlooking a productive garden and private vineyard is a simple house on the hill, heavily insulated with roof solar PV array and solar hot water.

See full profile for Henry House here

Your hosts: John & Sarah

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