Josh’s House will be open to the public this Sunday.

5 September 2013 — Sustainable houses across Australia will be opening their doors to the public on Sunday 8 September as part of Sustainable House Day.

The day, now in its 12th year, aims to promote environmental awareness by giving people the chance to look inside houses that have implemented sustainable design, building or fitouts, while also providing the opportunity to talk to the owners about the challenges and benefits.

Last year, over 200 homes participated, attracting around 40,000 people.

This year there’s a high-profile home in the mix – environmental scientist and Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne’s “Josh’s House” project will be opening its doors to the public for the very first time.

See our article ABC’s Josh Byrne ready to move into 10-Star home

The two 10-star NatHERS houses built as part of the project are expected to reduce energy consumption by 90 per cent, and will lead to savings of around $3500 a year in energy, water and grocery bills.

There will be self-guided tours through the homes with topics including solar passive design, universal access, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and productive landscaping.

Go to Josh’s House for more information.

For information on houses in your area, visit the Sustainable House Day website.