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Sustainable House Day - The Nillumbik Trail 2024

PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED - Sunday 21 April 2024

See below for some of the homes that are preparing to show you how they have built or renovated for environmental sustainability.

If you are interested to open your home to your local community, please contact:

CEN is a community partner to Renew's national event, and you can find out more at

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Come travel The Nillumbik Trail with generous local hosts sharing stories of their sustainable home journeys to help you on your own path.


See what has been achieved, and learn what you can do right now to improve your home's energy efficiency, comfort and health. 

Their explanations and innovations will give you inspiration and motivation.  Plus, it's a nice day out in your local 'hood.   


View participating houses below...

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 & Jane 

Living Systems - MONTMORENCY

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A Monty Mudbrick for a young family set amongst a water efficient, permacultured landscape.

Dan supports people to design and evolve their own habitat.  Take the opportunity to learn how he has applied this to his own habitat.

See full profile for Living System here

Your hosts: Dan & Liz

Urban Earth House - HURSTBRIDGE


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


Video tour.

Sanctuary Magazine article.

See full profile for Urban Earth House here 


Your hosts:

John (owner), Ryley (tenant)

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 host: Sarah

Rosie & Grant's House - HURSTBRIDGE

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This brick house has had a Goldilocks retrofit - not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter.  Learn how you too can make changes to live in a home that feels just right all year round.

See full profile for Rosie and Grant's house here

Your hosts: Rosie & Grant


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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: Matt & Jacqui

Trevor & Maureen's - ST ANDREWS

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A rendered cottage with mudbrick extension retrofitted for sustainability and bushfire protection.

Outdoor features a productive garden, orchard, chickens and bees.

See full profile for Bundy Gully here

Your hosts: Trevor & Maureen

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