Sustainable living really came home to roost for more many Tweed residents, when more than 1000 people attended the 2017 Living for the Future Home Expo.
The event, held at the seagulls club in Tweed Heads West on 16 September 2017, continued a rise in attendances each year and equipped most visitors with clear goals on how they could make their households more energy and cost efficient.
A survey of this year’s expo visitors revealed many people found helpful solutions and would act upon them. Sixty per cent of survey respondents left with a definite plan for their household power, recycling, food waste or building plans.
A quarter of survey respondents would pursue options for renewable energy or improved energy efficiency. The high proportion of newcomers to the 2017 expo was also very encouraging, continuing to spread the message about the sustainable living options that can bring substantial benefits to households, as well as benefits to the broader community.
Return visitors to the expo shared details about the positive changes they have made since previous events. 77 per cent of return visitors gave examples of how they had taken information from earlier Living for the Future Home Expo events and put it into practice.
The community’s large appetite for design and construction tips was evident in the large crowds at many of the event’s workshops. Sessions on alternative building materials, such as bamboo and hemp, attracted some of the day’s largest attendances. That interest continued when many people signed up to ‘speed date’ a designer, to get advice for their own projects.
A workshop on the evolution of eBikes was also extremely popular, inspiring many people to take one of the electric bikes for a test ride.
The top prize in the 2017 Sustainable House Day Design Awards, this year hosted at the Home Expo, was claimed by Ballina and Brisbane-based firm Aardvarc. Its winning design in the Professional Category focused on recycling Murwillumbah’s industrial materials, in line with the competitions to use locally-sourced materials for a sustainable house.
Visit Council’s YouTube page to see clips from this year’s workshop presenters.