Sustainable Housing

Retrofitting a house or building from scratch can save you money in energy bills, keep you comfortable and create a light and delightful space to live in.

We make this easy for you. Nine months of the year you get the opportunity to visit sustainable homes in your community and hear from others what they are doing to make their homes and gardens sustainable. 

Homes showcased include tiny homes, a rural home made from second hand materials, a new build with two homes on the one block for a family of three generations, retrofitted original Canberra cottages and homes using passive house principles. 

Tickets for open house days are $7 with proceeds donated to SEE-Change.  To find upcoming open Sustainable House Days visit our Events Page. 

Sustainable House Days

Members of the community open their homes to demonstrate sustainable building and living practices.

Over the last few years, tiny homes have become popular. Here’s two tiny homes featured in our Sustainable House Tours.

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Canberra Times article

The SuperShed

Woden SEE-Change loves a challenge!  We continue our conversion of a tumble down shed on the Canberra City Farm (CCF) site on Dairy Road, ACT into an inviting, energy efficient educational space for CCF volunteers, schools, community groups and all visitors to use and learn from. With a lot of help from a fabulous group of volunteers this building is now water and air tight, fully insulated and with the final roof cladding on.  Wall cladding is next.

The shed is available for free use by any CCF or SEE-Change group - except for the days when reconstruction is occurring.

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Home Buyers

Building or buying a new sustainable home can save you money in energy bills, keep you comfortable and create a light and delightful space to live in.

We’ve developed ‘The Your New Home Buyer’s Guide’, in collaboration with Paul Nagle from Commonsense Sustainability Solutions. View and download the guide below

Transition from gas

Reducing emissions from gas and transport is a key challenge for the community.

Natural gas is 95% methane (CH4) a potent greenhouse gas, that’s reported to be at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It's marketed as 'natural' with colourful flames that make us feel cosy and warm.

Co-Housing Canberra

Cohousing Canberra formed in mid 2017 and was successful in its expression of interest to become a demonstration housing project  for 30 north facing dwellings. The group are awaiting valuations from the ACT Government on two parcels of land in Canberra’s inner north.

To keep up to date with Cohousing Canberra – join the Facebook Group

Stories

Read stories and ideas from members of our community, about creating a more sustainable house.

Resources

New Home Buyer’s Guide

The Your New Home Buyer’s Guide was developed by SEE-Change in collaboration with Paul Nagle from the local Canberra business, Commonsense Sustainability Solutions. The Guide takes you through the steps involved with choosing a home, explaining what to look for and the important questions to ask, especially if you are new to the process.

Whether building or buying a new home, The Guide looks at:

  • Getting started

  • Planning your budget

  • Choosing where to live

  • Choosing your home

  • Working with your Expert (room by room)

  • Selecting heating and cooling, fittings and appliances

  • Selecting colours and finishes, and outdoor areas

  • Finishing off

It also explains what you should look for to make sure your home is cheaper to run with lower energy bills and at the same time better for the environment.


Buying Checklists

To complement the Guide, the following checklists have also been developed.

  • The ‘Overview’ checklists are a condensed version of the checklists shown in the Buyer’s Guide, making them an easy, paper-saving print version.

  • The ‘Before signing a contract and building’ checklists provides a list of the key items to check before you sign a contract or start building.