A 1960s house redesigned and retrofitted using sustainable design elements and energy efficiencies, the Eco House is a working educational and demonstration facility. The building showcases how domestic retrofit options from local suppliers and businesses can be easily applied to your own home to improve water conservation, reduce electricity consumption and manage waste products.
Using the Eco House
The Eco House is a community demonstration site and accessible to the public.
Bookings and more information about using the Eco House can be made by contacting Mildura Rural City Council's Environmental Sustainability Unit on (03) 5018 8455.
About the Eco House
Originally the caretaker's cottage for the Nichols Point Cemetery, the Eco House building was relocated to the Mildura Eco Village site in 2014. The conite building is a similar design to many homes built in the Mildura region in the 1960s. The house has been renovated to incorporate design features that modern family living demands, including open plan concepts, connections to the outdoors and modern looks.
The renovation also incorporates a range of energy conservation strategies to create a sustainable family home that is both affordable and appealing, including:
- The use of rainwater tanks
- Water efficient shower heads, tap ware and toilets etc.
- Passive design including building orientation
- Energy efficient lighting
- Air Lock for heating, cooling and dust prevention
- Energy efficient window treatments
- Energy retrofits
- Draught proofing and insulation
- Water saving devices
With future rises in both energy and water supply imminent, the Eco House project demonstrates the significant savings that can be achieved through low cost retrofitting, when combined with sustainable living education.
The broader outcomes of the Eco House project include:
- The strengthening of community and stakeholder partnerships
- Leading the community to live more sustainability and to save natural resources.
- Reducing household financial pressures (in a region identified as a low socio-economic level).
- Promotion of local businesses that sell sustainable products.
- A community that is educated and aware of local environmental issues.