On Sunday 30/9/2018 SHAC opened its doors to over 200 visitors during National Sustainable House Day.
As this is SHAC’s first year in existence we have not been part of SHD before and we found the day to be a rewarding and lively experience. Visitors were enthusiastic to see and hear about the development’s sustainable features and to hear how we, the artists and creatives who dreamed this all into being, enjoy living here.
A brain wave of Rachel’s was for Lynda to dress up in her Clown Clothes and be the crowd controller! This she did with her usual good-natured exuberance, making people laugh and entertaining small children. On the more serious side Lynda held vehicle buffs enthralled by her explanations of EVs and our home based Nissan Leaf in particular.
We were fortunate to have Glenn Howe, Design Manager, from Access Housing here for part of the day to impart his knowledge to the visitors as they toured through the building. He pointed out the special design features that make SHAC a low carbon built and maintained development. It was a pleasure to see so many members of the public gaining knowledge and information about sustainable building and living, and aff from our apartments and the two community studios.
Balance Utility Solutions who installed the solar power battery at SHAC sent along two of their staff, Matt Rule and Moiz Syedto speak to people about the construction and working of the battery in this state of the art solar power system.
Rachel, Coral, Steve and Ken took the tours through our homes and Adam did a great job in helping Lynda keep the crowds amused whilst waiting for their tour to begin.
Tim was a stalwart throughout the whole project – helping with docs, signage, volunteers and general organisation as well as with the tour of Co-Lab 2 where SHAC members’ artwork is being displayed.
Thanks so much to all helpers! Thanks too to Jesse and Adrian who gave up part of their sunny Sunday and volunteered to do the visitor registration.