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Sustainable Lifestyle House

The Sustainable Lifestyle House, located in McGirr Street, Llanarth, was designed as an example of what can be done in an environmentally friendly way which in turn, results in lower running costs to anyone who builds and incorporates the ideas and methods used.
Our guest speaker this evening was Rachael Young. Rachael, introduced to the meeting by Rtn Luis Hernandez , is the current the Environmental Officer employed by Bathurst Regional Council with Rachael giving an interesting talk on Council’s Sustainable Lifestyle House and other environmental issues.
In addition to giving full details on the house, Rachael also gave ideas on what anyone can do now to achieve the same results. These included:
·         Insulation
·         Fix drafts (special attention to curtains and blinds)
·         Fix leaking taps and upgrade
·         Water efficient showerheads types – latest are well worthwhile
·         Energy efficient appliances
After her talk, many keen questions were asked and answered. Rachael was thanked by PP Stephanie Brown on behalf of the meeting, with Steph presenting Rachael with another of our incredibly rare and world renowned coffee mugs.
Sustainable Lifestyle House - Now Open (taken from Council’s Web Page)
Construction of the Sustainable Lifestyle House is now complete. Council held the official opening of the house on 11 September 2011 - National Sustainable House Day.  The opening was conducted by Councillor Greg Westman and over 500 people attended, speaking to staff and learning about the range of design and build innovations.
To take a virtual tour of the Sustainable Lifestyle House click here.
The house is located on the corner of McGirr Street and Blaxland Drive.
The Sustainable Lifestyle House has been funded by Bathurst Regional Council as a means to improve awareness and encourage adoption of sustainable building design.
What is sustainable building design? This concept, uses a range of ideas and resources to reduce the impact on the environment through:
·         smart selection of building materials such as waste wood products being recreated as weatherboards or fibre boards,
·         smart design such as solar passive and connection with the outdoor space;
·         efficient fixtures that reduce energy and water use or improve thermal performance; and
·         smart product choice such as safer paints and adhesives resulting in a healthier internal environment.
The Sustainable Lifestyle House has used a range of these measures to demonstrate what can be done in your own home. It is not intended to include all these features in your own design, but to consider them when you embark on your build or renovation project.

What's next? The house will be tenanted and opened to the public on a regular basis. This way, we will be able to demonstrate how effective the house is a home.

For more information on the Sustainable Lifestyle House, please call the Environment Section on (02) 6333 6276.