Apr 1, 2022: These floods are no joke

In our last Newsletter I made the suggestion that we shouldn’t be building homes in flood plains, especially as the evidence mounts that climate change is bringing more extreme weather events combined with the ongoing threat of rising sea levels. But it seems the NSW government disagrees.

Image source: Herald Sun

Prior to making […]

Mar 4, 2022: Disasters of Our Own Design

What did we expect? (Source: Australian Defence Force)

While I have great sympathy for all of the people who have been devastated by the recent floods and by the fires before that, there’s a hard-edged part of me that wants to ask, “What did you expect?”

Here in Australia we continue to build more […]

Nov 12, 2021: Free Zoom Screening of ‘Now’ Movie on Sunday

In our Newsletter back in February this year I wrote about the release of a movie called ‘Now’. It is a full-length documentary conceived, produced and presented by Ryan M. (and his Mum, Tina). I can’t publish his last name because, at the time Ryan started making the film he was only ten years […]

Nov 5, 2021: The Times They Are A-Changing

I’ve been working on, and advocating for, energy efficient and sustainable buildings, developments, communities and lifestyles for about 35 years now. For most of that time I’ve felt like I’ve been beating my head against a wall. But, finally, just in the last six months, it feels like something has shifted and the wall […]

Oct 14, 2021: Sustainable House Day is Back… virtually

Interview with Geraldine Doogue airs Saturday

Today I had the honour of being interviewed by award-winning journalist, Geraldine Doogue, for a piece she is doing about the Glascow Climate Summit. Apparently it will air on ABC Radio National on Saturday morning at around 7:40am (Sydney time) for anyone who can be bothered getting up. […]

Sep 24, 2021: Two Years In the Cottage

It’s now been two years since we installed the 5kW solar power system on the retrofitted cottage next to the Greeny Flat. We used an Enphase micro-inverter system which gives us excellent monitoring or both the production from the panels (it even tells us how much each individual panel has produced on a daily, […]

Jun 25, 2021: Cheap and Simple EV

I got drive my first Tesla yesterday and all I can say is… WOW!!!

My good friend Noel who owns and runs the Merchant of Welby Antique shop put his name on the waiting list for a Model 3 over a year ago and finally picked it up yesterday morning.

Noel’s new Tesla […]

May 14, 2021: 3D Printed Earth Home

We’ve written before about various 3D-printed homes. The technology shows a lot of promise for reducing cost and construction times but, until now, most of the projects we’ve seen used extruded cement-based materials for the structure. The problem with cement. of course, are the high levels of carbon emissions and embodied energy required to make […]

Feb 26, 2021: Doing Something About It

Quite a while ago I was asked by a ten-year-old young man named Ryan if he could interview me for a movie he was making about climate change and what to do about it. Of course I said yes so he came to the Greeny Flat with his mum, Tina, and a well-prepared list of questions […]

Feb 12, 2021: Barangarooted

A couple of weeks ago Cintia and I had the great pleasure of a trip to Sydney to see the Bangara Aboriginal Dance company perform in the beautiful Walumil Lawn at Baragaroo Reserve. We parked at Rose Bay, took one ferry to Circular Quay then another around to Barangaroo, enjoyed a wonderful performance on the […]