Greener-Houses-Logo-1The Greener Houses Growing Greener Neighbourhoods Project, which ran mainly from 2009 - 2011, provided an exciting opportunity for Neighbourhood Houses and local volunteers to take action on climate change in their communities, learn new skills, and help others to take action.

The project was designed to develop Neighbourhood Houses as demonstration centres to showcase the principles and operation of low energy and low water use design features, technologies and appliances in family homes.

Five ‘eco-living’ Neighbourhood Houses were created in Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs.

Watsonia Neighbourhood House was one of five neighbourhood Houses chosen to be retrofitted. Richmond and Allwood Neighbourhood Houses were converted weatherboard homes over 100 years old. Watsonia Neighbourhood House was a three bedroom brick veneer family home from the 1940's. Jika Neighbourhood House started life as a local theatre in the 1920's, and Creeds Farm was new.

The Greener Houses Growing Greener Neighbourhoods Project:

    1. Recruited 59 volunteers at five Neighbourhood Houses
    2. Empowered and trained volunteers to develop plans to retrofit four Neighbourhood Houses
    3. Transformed the four Neighbourhood Houses by implementing the volunteers’ Retrofit Plans
    4. Created a new ‘eco-living’ Neighbourhood House
    5. Formed partnerships with businesses in the sustainability industry to be part of the implementation of the volunteers’ Retrofit Plans
    6. Trained volunteers in community engagement skills
    7. Empowered volunteers and Neighbourhood Houses to share their eco-buildings and their sustainability knowledge and skills with their local communities

Greener-Houses-Logo-1Greener Houses Growing Greener Neighbourhoods achieved all this through a partnership of seven Neighbourhood Houses, five local governments, two tertiary institutions and many business sponsors, and was led by the North East Neighbourhood House Network. It was supported by the Victorian Government and two Philanthropic Trusts.

The five ‘Greener’ Neighbourhood Houses are living and evolving demonstrations of sustainability for local communities.

For more information about this Program see the Greener Houses page on the North East Neighbourhood House Network website.