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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
64 greensmart 2010 the indoor temperature. It really is possible to have a home that requires very little heating or cooling in most parts of the country. If you are in the process of planning a new building or renovation project, efficiency and indoor comfort have to be on the top of your list. One of the best ways to get information about it is by talking to people who have already done it. Sustainable House Day on 12 September offers an amazing opportunity to visit some of these houses. This is the only national event of this kind that gives you access to homeowners, builders and architects. As well as a great selection of private houses, this year for the first time the event will be featuring HIA GreenSmart homes. This means you can visit several purpose- built, sustainable display homes around the country featuring benefits such as solar, ventilation, water harvesting and recycling, shading, thermal mass (materials that absorb and release heat), glazing, and window treatments. Sustainable House Day, a free event, is for the second year being presented by Solar Shop Australia. Like many community-based events, industry support through sponsorship is vital to keep them going. And Solar Shop Australia clearly sees the benefit this event has for helping people make better sustainable choices. If you can't wait until 12 September or can't make it on the day, you can still access the homeowners, builders and architects by logging on to www.shmeco.com. This is a free, dedicated social-networking site with loads of personal practical information, experiences and stories. For more information about Sustainable House Day visit www.sustainablehouseday.com. gs Photos courtesy shmeco.com With just a few minor adjustments to the way you live in your home, and it's possible to live comfortably with very little heating or cooling in most parts of the country. There are some really simple things you can do today that will make your home more comfortable. For example, just keeping the heat out on a very hot day can make a world of difference. This was really brought home to me recently when friends minded my house while I was away, and I came home to a stinking hot house on a 35-degree day. Given that the house averages 23 degrees inside on a 40-degree day, I was stunned at the change. But it didn't take long to work out what had gone wrong. Windows were open and the curtains weren't drawn, so there was no way the building would work. thinking outside the square THIS IS THE ONLY NATIONAL EVENT OF THIS KIND THAT GIVES YOU ACCESS TO HOMEOWNERS, BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS sustainablehouse