Lakelands couple sharing sustainable living

Lakelands couple sharing sustainable living

A LAKELANDS couple have built a sustainable home.

Mike and Jan Fawcett built the house at Lakelands Estate with the help of solar home designer Solar Dwellings.

“One of the reasons we chose our block in Lakelands was because it was perfectly positioned for an energy efficient home,” Mr Fawcett said.

“We were able to incorporate sustainable design solutions during construction.

“The roof and walls of our home are insulated and we have ceiling fans as opposed to air conditioning.

“In the late afternoon, we can open certain windows and doors and cool the house immediately – it is working very well.”

Mrs Fawcett said building a sustainable home was affordable.

“For house, land and sustainable design we built for $380,000 – the same as what it’s costing others,” she said.

“The location of windows and your choice of floor coverings can have a positive impact on the retention of heat, can maximise cooling effects in the home and ultimately can help to reduce utility expenses.”

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home also features solar panels.

The couple have teamed up with Griff Morris from Solar Dwellings, Lakelands Estate and City of Mandurah to provide a series of free community sustainable design workshops.

WHAT: Sustainable design workshop – how to make an existing home efficient and sustainable

WHERE: 13 Lilydale Drive, Lakelands

WHEN: Sunday, August 25 2pm to 3.30pm

REGISTRATIONS: Email environmental.services@mandurah.wa.gov.au or call 9550 3941.