Sydney Central

Event Details

ATA Sydney Central branch meeting - Building a Sustainable Home in Leichhardt
July 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm

When: Monday 10 July 2017, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Where: Interface head office and showroom, 101 Chalmers St, Surry Hills (click here for a map).

In the lead-up to Sustainable House Day in September we have Laurence & Natalie Stonard presenting the sustainable renovation of their home in Leichhardt.

Presenters:  Laurence & Natalie Stonard

Bio:  Laurence is a generalist with a background encompassing mechanical engineering, electronics and electrical, hydraulics and mining as well as renovation and construction. Originally from England, where he studied Engineering, he came to Australia in 1984. Laurence worked in manufacturing and construction before shifting to UTS in 1989 for the Faculty of Civil and Mechanical  Engineering. He has studied Electronics and Instrumentation and for 16 years worked as the manager of the Materials Testing Lab for UTS. He is currently the manager of the FEIT Engineering workshop at UTS Sydney.

Topic:  Building a Sustainable Home in Leichhardt

Laurence and Natalie will discuss what they did and why covering:

  • Planning and construction
  • The integration of both off-the-shelf and recycled products
  • Rainwater system design
  • The outcomes achieved and the benefits of hindsight
  • How the house functions and what it is like to live in.

Specific aspects and features of this cost-effective as well as inspiring owner-builder journey include:

  • Design by Caroline Pidcock
  • Original house demolition by hand with materials retained for new construction
  • Passive house design incorporating large eaves, double-glazing, north orientation & cross-ventilation activating thermal mass. Note that the house is without air-conditioning or an open fire.
  • Wheelchair accessible; single-level design with wide doors and bathrooms without shower screens
  • Roof garden
  • Rainwater storage (16,000L) for use within house
  • Recycled materials
  • Low VOC paints and fixtures
  • A focus on achieving a simple finish, using known and trusted technology
  • Polished concrete floors without carpets
  • Hydronic floor heating.

Members and non-members are asked to register by selecting the event and clicking 'REGISTER' at:

Directions and further details:

Please arrive at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

The Interface head office and showroom is located within the heritage-listed 101 Chalmers Street building in Sydney.  Access from Central Station involves turning right as you leave the Devonshire St exit, and then a short walk with a second, almost immediate right - if you get to to Prince Alfred Park you have gone too far!

Look for a two-storey red brick and sandstone building that adjoins a single-storey library, known as the ‘Railway Institute Building’. Entrance is at the rear of this building that has been faithfully restored and redesigned with stunning interiors, turning it into a showcase of environmental sustainability.  Due to our proximity to Central Station, we encourage attendees to catch public transport to this event as nearby parking is limited.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted.

The ATA is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Thanks for your ongoing support of the ATA Sydney Central Branch.

Graham Hunt

ATA Sydney Central Branch - Events Co-ordinator

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