Sustainability Expo – Sunday May 1

Sustainability Expo

Sustainably renovate your home with tips, tricks and tools that won’t cost the earth

Date: Sunday 1 May, 10am to 2pm

Location Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray

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We’ve all seen the TV shows where some glamorous couple wearing designer eyewear and hand knitted organic jumpers, gives us a tour of their fabulous eco-mansion with reclaimed marble kitchen, 300 year old timbers and passive solar floor tiles imported from a small village in Northern Mongolia.

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But what about the rest of us? Most of us are hoping to make our existing homes as sustainable as possible without doing a complete demolition or ending up with a renovation that looks like a single fronted Edwardian weatherboard has collided with a Federation starship.

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If you are thinking about renovating or rejuvenating your home, then come to this free expo to save money and minimise toxins, carbon creation and household energy use. We will cover accreditation schemes, sustainable material choices and eco friendly design for extensions, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as passive heating and cooling of your home.

Our Sustainability Expo experts and their topics are:

Keith Loveridge, Maribyrnong City Council: Avoiding toxins both when partially-demolishing and when rebuilding: Parts of your home may contain asbestos, lead-based paints and mould spores. New materials may contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), toxic wood preservatives and formaldehyde. Solve these problems in an informed manner.

Moreland Energy Foundation This not-for-profit advisory group will provide clear, unbiased advice on efficient building orientation & design.

Dan Palmer of VEG (Very Edible Gardens) will present on using Permaculture techniques to make the most of pergolas, windows, shading and microclimates to make your home and garden more liveable, sustainable and requiring lower energy inputs.

Archicentre: As of May 1, 2011, Most home renovations will have to comply to a Six Star Energy Rating Standard. What does this mean to and your renovation plans? Expert advice on the regulations and traps to avoid.

This will be a carbon neutral event.

For more information contact: Maribyrnong City Council on 9688 0357 or visit www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/greening