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COMMUNITY group SEE-Change, in collaboration with ACTSmart and the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, are again having regular sustainable house tours throughout 2015.

The first home in this tour will be open on Sunday 22 February between 2-4pm in O’Connor, and is a converted shipping container with an aquaponics system and organic garden.

“For over 5 years SEE-Change has been running ‘over the back fence’ tours, where members open their homes and gardens to the public to share their lessons learnt and the actions they have taken to reduce their impact on the environment and save money,” said SEE-Change Executive Officer Jodie Pipkorn.

“We are particularly excited about this first home, as it shows how you can comfortably live in a very small space in a very creative way.”

Each month a home will open its doors to the public and at most of the house tours there will be an ACTSmart Home Energy Advice Service staff member, who can provide advice and answer questions about how you can save energy and water, reduce waste, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In the month of July the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects will once again be holding their Solar House Day, which was a huge success last year.

“We ran bus tours that visited a number of urban houses and rural houses, and these were sold out well ahead of time,” said Ric Butt, organiser of Solar House Day.

“Solar House Day shows how architects contribute to the development of energy-efficient passive solar and sustainable house design that responds to its climatic environment, and how sustainable houses can be beautiful and comfortable to live in.”

All of these house tours will inspire and inform renovators, home owners and home buyers about actions that can be taken in and around the home to make them more comfortable to live in, particularly when the temperatures outside are really hot or really cold.

For details and dates about the houses see: To get location details about the houses rsvp to

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