Sustainable House Day: how Dick does it

The Russell Vale Reno designed by Envirotecture will open on Sustainable House Day

A Certified Passive House home designed for a family with two school-aged children; a new build at the Narara Ecovillage on the Central Coast of NSW; a humble fibro house renovated into a functional, comfortable home of the 21st century; a weatherboard cottage transformed into a comfortable and sustainable family home on a limited budget. What do these four fascinating sustainable homes have in common?

They are all examples of the design work of Dick Clarke and his Sydney firm, Envirotecture. And they will all be open on Sustainable House Day on Sunday, September 15.

Dick can rightly claim to be one of the pioneers of sustainable home design in Australia. Starting in the 1970s, he has been design director for hundreds of projects, focusing on sustainability.

He has had a major role on Your Home, the “bible” of Australian home design, as author, peer reviewer and technical advisory committee member. He’s won 20 design awards. And he’s been contributing expert articles for years at Sanctuary magazine – on everything from sustainable building materials to windows, hemp masonry, insulation and concrete floors.

If you live in NSW, why not come and check out some of the homes designed by Dick’s Envirotecture opening on Sustainable House Day. Learn and be inspired! Visit:

The Russell Vale Reno at Russell Vale.

The Paling House at North Ryde.

Thornleigh Passive House at Thornleigh.

Farrells’ House at Narara.