It’s been six years since Richard and his family moved into their owner built home, just 1km from central Seymour. ‘Abdallah House’, is an urban rebuild and permaculture demonstration site on a small 580m2 block (1/7th of an acre). The house was constructed with a mix of reclaimed and new materials using passive solar design principles under the direction of builder architect Peter Lockyer.
The households uses less than a fifth of the energy of a typical home, thanks mainly to solar and wood heating of the house and hot water system. A 1.5kW solar system provides more than enough energy to run their home, with excess sold back to the grid.
Fruit trees and grape vines are now well established, and along with the vegetable gardens and chooks, provide for most of their fresh food needs. Solar drying, ferments and Valcola pasteurising help preserve the the harvest and a freezer converted into a super efficient fridge, cool cupboard, and cellar are used for food storage.
Meet Richard and Peter at Abdallah House on Permaculture Day, Sunday the 1st of May, for tours at 2, 3 & 4 o’clock at 1a Abdallah Road Seymour. Cost is $5, which includes a Permaculture Calendar. Under 16 free. Booking not required, for more info visit www.abdallahhouse.com
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