A sustainable approach

September 6, 2013 by  
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  • Sarah Herbert of Jigsaw Housing will share her experience in sustainable home design at the ‘Vision for Sustainable Queanbeyan’ panel discussion as part of this year’s Enviro Expo.

FROM business and industry to home design,
a more sustainable approach can make for easier modern living while helping the
environment and saving dollars.

That’s what the ‘Vision for Sustainable
Queanbeyan’ panel discussion will explore at the Queanbeyan Showground pavilion
on Saturday as part of this year’s Enviro Expo.

Canberra-based architecture firm Jigsaw
Housing is at the forefront of sustainable home design in the region, with a
plethora of efficient builds across Canberra’s newest suburbs in Gungahlin and
Molonglo.

And Jigsaw graduate architect Sarah Herbert
will be bringing her expertise to the panel discussion, with some handy tips
for energy efficiency in the home.

Ms Herbert said she hounded Jigsaw for a
job for two years because she was impressed by its unique business model, which
integrates a construction and science background as part of modern
architectural design.

“We believe that it’s not as hard as
everyone thinks to have affordable energy-efficient housing, and having the
three specialties here, it just makes it kind of naturally happen,” Ms
Herbert said.

“The people who started this business
are an architect, a scientist and a builder, and that’s a really unique model,
because that means they’re all working together on all stages of the housing,
which is extremely rare.”

Ms Herbert will join a panel of local
enviro-entrepreneurs, including local cafe owner
Frank Bresnik, Council sustainability manager Mike Thompson, Lynton Bond of the
Molonglo Catchment Group and Nick Huggins of Permaculture Xchange to talk all
things sustainability at the pavilion from 11.30am.

And at 1.30pm, catch the ‘Renewable energy
future’ forum in the pavilion with industry guest speakers Joe Wyder, Craig Hanicek,
Peter Davies, Daniel Bartlett and Jeff Knowles.

“I’ll be talking about what I think
are the three key elements for sustainable housing: orientation, insulation and
air tightness,” Ms Herbert said.

“And I like to put these human
metaphors with it, so orientation is like standing in the sun, insulation is
like putting on a jumper, and air tightness is like putting on a wind proof
jacket.”

*Catch
a wide range of green and sustainable workshops and events at Enviro Expo 2013
at the Queanbeyan Showground this Saturday from 9am to 3.30pm. A free, family
event.

*Catch
a wide range of green and sustainable workshops and events at Enviro Expo 2013
at the Queanbeyan Showground this Saturday from 9am to 3.30pm. A free, family
event.

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