ECOhomes Tour Blue Mountains
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Latest ECOhomes Tour 19th October 2019. View photos of tour here.
Download the 2019 program HERE.
Blue Mountains ECOhomes Tour (now running for 19 years!) scheduled for 19 October 2019, ended.
We visited Australia's first accredited passive home built to BAL-FZ (highest bushfire rating).
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These are an all-day bus tour led by ECOdesign Architect Nigel Bell, that are fun and informative. They are a ‘must see’ for those thinking of building or renovating within the Mountains and elsewhere. Participants learn from those that have done it – be it straw, earth, recycled or conventional materials, sustainable renovations, solar-cells, passive solar and/or funky home design! Mostly, these are not ‘grand design’ but achievable and homely, contextual and sustainable, community-level design.
Nigel seeks out what’s interesting and different, explaining the sustainability issues, regulations and performance, and fire issues. When we visit the homes, it’s over to those who’ve done it – be it the owners, builder, architect or designer! Be inspired by the thought, the skill and the lifestyle – those who’ve made the transition from idea to reality. We usually visit five very different homes (upper Mountains, lower Mountains) with an occasional demonstration of construction techniques. They’re always fascinating.
The tours are very popular, with many people coming back for more. So register your interest and book early on-line to ensure your place on the bus. It’s a low-cost community event, with all money raised going towards Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains projects.
Cost for Individual Registration is $90; and cost for Group/Couple Registration (2 or more) is $85 per person.