Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Woden local group

The Super Shed Project

Turning the humble backyard shed into a Passive House

The volunteers at Woden See-Change love a challenge.  Our latest is to turn a tumble down shed on the Canberra City Farm (CCF) site on Dairy Flat Road, ACT into an inviting, energy efficient educational space for CCF volunteers, schools, community groups and all visitors to use and learn from.

The current space is a leaky, double metal garage which we are going to convert into a clean, comfortable Passive House (or Passivhaus) demonstration building and CCF tearoom. Passivhaus buildings consume virtually no energy for heating or cooling, while still providing 100% fresh air at a comfortable temperature.

There are currently no buildings open to the public in the ACT that demonstrate Passivhaus principles.  The Super Shed will be the first. Much can be learned from Passivhaus design principles to live a lower carbon life even if personal situations do not allow you to build or renovate your home to Passivhaus standard.

We will hold open days and talks at the Super Shed for groups, students and associations to educate and activate the community to improve comfort in their homes while reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions and energy costs.

So far we have a small but dedicated team that includes a PassivHaus consultant, engineers and builders as well as willing workers.  We have spent hundreds of volunteer hours to lock in our design, budget and building plan. Various businesses and households have donated building items. We will be continuing to promote this project and seek support through offers of free labour and expert advice, cash and material donations and community grants.

To keep in touch with the project and our fund raising efforts or to ask more questions and put your name down to help, please contact Leigh on 0407 283 195 or
e: woden@see-change.org.au

SEE-Change Woden group monthly meeting:

Meeting minutes: 27 August 2018

Meeting minutes: 23 July 2018

Meeting minutes: 19 June 2018 

Meeting minutes: 22 May 2018



Further Super Shed info is at www.see-change.org.au

Visit the Canberra City Farm at www.ccfarm.org.au

Further info about Passive Houses is at https://passivehouseaustralia.org/

Original Shed

Supershed presentation






Super Shed – tipped roof

Raising the roof













With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government