Getting started when building or renovating your sustainable home can be daunting. There’s loads of technical information, but what you need is no-nonsense advice from people who’ve done it.
Melbourne Vernacular look forward to inviting you into their sustainable home. Explore the technologies and design principles they implemented & receive advice on:
Choosing your trades
Deciding between sustainable technologies
Cost to build
How your home can convert people
Registered ticket holders will be contacted with exact address.
A second event will be held on Sunday 18th March at 11am-1pm in Yarraville (exact location to be sent to ticket holders).
Melbourne Vernacular are building a movement through education and architecture that showcases how we can live in abundance without damage to the planet. For years we did our part to live sustainably. There was satisfaction in doing the right thing, but ongoing compromise and guilt. Shop sustainably but have fewer food options and less convenient store locations. Turn off the lights, run the heating less, drive less, and buy less clothing. And on the occasions when the sustainable choice was not taken, guilt. This type of sustainable living wasn’t particularly inspiring and not easy to sell to friends and family who were accustomed to the ever-increasing options and convenience of contemporary consumption. We saw a similar trend in housing. Many green homes were focused on efficiency and environmental impact, while ignoring many aspects that had the potential to make a sustainable home desirable to the mainstream.
Melbourne Vernacular was formed to highlight a new understanding of sustainability that was uncompromising, exciting and capable of converting people to an environmentally compatible way of life. Install heat-pump powered hydronic heating not just because it’s the most efficient but because it’s the highest quality. Install solar panels not just because they minimise your use of fossil fuels but because they allow you to run your spa guilt free. Install recycled bricks not just for their thermal mass but because they will give your home a beautiful aesthetic. No compromise. Our ambition is mass adoption of environmentally friendly housing by proving that a sustainable home is unparalleled in every aspect: style, performance and technology. We believe the discourse around sustainability will soon change its focus from efficiency, saving, and reduction to, abundance, beauty and convenience without cost to the planet – what we call “abundance through design.” There’s a lot of work to achieve a fully sustainable home of abundance. Nonetheless, by committing ourselves to an inspiring and uncompromising approach, there is a chance that we can build a mainstream movement. We would like to invite you into our home to explore ‘abundance through design’. We want to build a community of like-minded individuals and give them the knowledge and language to inspire others. We are also planning our next project, so if you own land, have capital, produce green or smart tech for the home, are a like-minded trade or want to contribute in some way let us know!