Sept. 9, 2014

Sustainable House Day 2014 @ Barrett House

Regardless of whether you buy or rent, moving into a property can be a daunting experience - finding a place for all you treasured possessions, the unfamiliar sounds in the night and often some strange design features you might have not noticed beforehand.  

Having recently moved into a small apartment, I was shocked to find the previous owners had installed 55 halogen downlights, enough to power a small city, and no curtains or blinds. Needless to say, I spent the first few weekends up a ladder.

When I first stepped into Barrett House, the first thing I saw was a draughty, cold and slightly smelly old house. What I got was a surprising mix of classic Sydney home meets sustainable eco-house.  Barrett House retains many of the original features of a typical 1920’s Californian Bungalow – high ceilings, ornate plasterwork and bay windows but has also been retrofitted to showcase the latest sustainable lighting, heating features and energy, water and waste saving ideas.

Last Saturday the 7th of September, Barrett House opened its doors for international Sustainable House Day. Over 120 people came through the house, including renovators, university students and people with an interest in living more sustainably. Many of them had never visited a sustainable house before and it was great to see their reactions to such simple and effective steps that we can all take.

Place like Barrett House, remind us that if we care, there are steps, large and small that we can take to make our house or apartment more sustainable and turn it into a home.

Barrett House is open every Thursday morning. Come for a visit!

When: Every Thursday // 9.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Barrett House, 6 Barrett Place, Randwick

Entry is FREE.

How: Buses from Bondi Junction 314, 316, 317, 348, 400, 410 and from the City 339 (alight on the corner of Clovelly Rd and Frenchmans Rd).

Bookings: Not required

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