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Local resident Leanne McKnoulty opens her doors for this year’s Sustainable House Day event on September 7th, giving us a rare glimpse into the practicalities of sustainable living.

Gill Street, Holland Park

Gill Street, Holland Park open for Sustainable House Day 2014

Initiated by the Australian Solar Council in 2001, the annual event encourages home owners to share information on sustainability to the public. Visitors have the chance to see first-hand the environmentally friendly methods used by local residents.

The Holland Park house features a variety of sustainable alternatives, including passive solar energy, cross ventilation, energy efficient lighting, solar hot water and solar power.

“We also harvest rainwater for the garden, compost and have 2 worm farms,” Leanne says.

She first became interested in sustainability in 2006, when the Sustainable Home Brisbane Project had a home on display to the public for 6 months. Although the event was what sparked her initial interest, Leanne was sustainably-minded long before then.

“The journey began when I bought the house in 1999. Brisbane was in the grip of severe drought for a number of years up until 2010, so I installed water tanks and harvested rainwater for the garden.

Since taking ownership, the McKnoulty family has carried out extensive renovations, with many of the improvements made to create a more environmentally friendly home – from the installation of plantation shutters to the recent replacement of old appliances with more water and energy efficient alternatives.

As a returning participant in the Sustainable House Day, Leanne hopes visitors will take home practical ideas about energy and water efficiency, as well as obtaining more information about solar water and power, and how to build a self-watering garden from recycled materials.

“I first opened my doors [in] 2010 then 2012 and now 2014. Because I had recently invested in solar hot water and solar power I wanted to encourage others to follow suite.”

So whether you are completely new to concept of sustainability or simply looking for further ideas on how to make your home even greener – the Sustainable House Day provides a unique opportunity to see first-hand the methods used by homeowners. It’s a great chance to meet and ask questions to those who have already improved the efficiency of their homes.

The property is 12 Gill Street, Holland Park and will be open from 10am-4pm on Sunday 7th September. This is a free to gold coin donation event. For more information visit

Related article: A sustainable and edible garden (Cannon Hill home, Sustainable House Day 2012)

Roxanne Jeynes is a third year QUT Journalism and Law student writing for Carindale Connect. She likes writing about music, arts, local government and politics.
Roxanne Jeynes

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