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Sustainable House Day at the Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre
September 11, 2016 at 9:30 am

When: Saturday 11 September 2016, 9:30am - 3:30pm

Where: Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, UWS, Corner Campus Drive and Science Rd, Richmond, NSW. Click here for a map.

Cost: free.

Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) and the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) will each have a stall and members of each group will be available to answer your questions. Plants, seeds and books will be on sale.

Tours will be conducted of the building and permaculture gardens.

The EarthCare building uses a variety of building materials and techniques to demonstrate sustainability options in domestic and commercial construction. There are walls of rammed earth, mud brick and straw bale.

The interior is finished in a combination of rendered mud and plasterboard with ceilings of straw panel. There is an underground tank for grey water and a composting toilet. The corrugated iron roof supports panels for a grid interactive solar power system (the panels are currently being replaced). The kitchen benches are recycled timber slabs and other materials have been used wherever possible. There is an outdoor mud brick pizza oven.

The centre is managed by Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) which has developed organic gardens, maintained by members and covers half a hectare. These gardens are a living demonstration of sustainable growing methods. The gardens feature organically grown fruit and vegetables and demonstrate ecologically sound farming methods.

The EarthCare Centre demonstrates what people can achieve when they work together. The building project has been completed almost entirely by volunteer workers using materials donated by sponsors. Money for the building has also mainly been raised through voluntary fundraising efforts

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We hope to see you there.


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