Sustainable House Day – Abdallah House

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Date(s) - 07/09/14
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Abdallah House

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Abdallah-House-1Sustainable House’s all around Australia will be opening their properties and homes for the public to see how people are doing something to reduce their impact on the environment. Find out more about the event and where homes are opening on the website.

Abdallah House, in Seymour, is about energy cycling, building community, self-reliance, creatively using & reusing materials… all without spending heaps of money.

Richard will be running tours on the hour: please try to arrive at 5 minutes to. Peter Lockyer will be joining in for tours later in the day. Entry by Gold Coin donation.

The project began in May 2008 in suburban Seymour, Central Victoria with the purchase of a three roomed bungalow with bathroom / laundry on a 584 sq metre (1/8 acre) block. The bungalow was carefully deconstructed and transformed to a new home that showcases low energy and passive systems, with virtually no waste.

Owner-builder Richard Telford worked closely with builder/architect Peter Lockyer during the main construction phase from May 2009 to May 2010.

One of the more interesting features of the design is a separate cellar that is linked via a duct to a cool cupboard in the kitchen.

The house was a finalist in the 2012 GreenSmart Awards in the Custom Built Homes and Resource Efficiency catagories and has been described as a “landmark in sustainability and clean living” in the North Central Review 4/9/12.

The use permaculture ethics & design principles have been central to the design process that continues in the garden and resource use as they further reduce their impact on the earth and inspire others to make changes in their own lives.

Some highlights include filling only one rubbish and recycle bin during 2011, family spending of $15 per day for food/drink during 2012 and producing 365kg of produce and over 500 eggs during 2013. You can read more about Abdallah House on their blog at

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