This weekend marks the start of the 2014 Sustainable Living Festival, running in Melbourne from the 8th- 23rd Feb. While having participated in previous years, unfortunately we have been unable to take part in this years’ festival in an official capacity. However we are always supportive of such community based events, both raising the challenges and offering solutions to the challenges we all face in lowering our environmental footprints..
This year we are particularly excited about the Westwyck Ecovillage Open House, happening on Saturday 8th, 15th & 22nd of Feb, in Brunswick.
For those not across the project, Westwyck is the redevelopment of the old Brunswick West Primary School building and grounds. Dating back to 1888, this historic building and surrounds have been saved from demolition and have been adapted, improved and re-purposed as sustainable, socially based housing. Stage 2 of the project is set to commence shortly.
The Ecovillage has been developed with the sustainability principles of materials efficiency, energy efficiency and water efficiency in mind. The award winning architecturally designed, heritage sensitive dwellings boast many sustainability features including solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water, high levels of building insulation, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling.
We congratulate Mike Hill and Lorna Pitt for what they have achieved at Westwyck and believe it great example of the outcomes possible when good design and sustainability are put at the centre of a development brief.
Mike has also been instrumental in working with Pooren Desai from the UK and Bioregional Australia to bring the One Planet Communities sustainability thinking and assessment tool to Australia. Another great initiative to make the design of our suburbs more sustainable (even linked to transport and infrastructure issues!) that we fully support.
More information on Westwyck Ecovillage Open House, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival can be found here.
If you'd like to read more about the project itself, click here.