Solar House Day

Solar House Day

Sunday 11 September 2005.
(10 and 11 September in some areas, check House Locations for details).Tickets: $20 per person or $30 per couple. Ticket gives entry to all houses and prize draw.

Be inspired by some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most beautiful homes when they open to visitors on Solar House Day. All homes feature passive solar design and some also have active solar features.

Building? Renovating? Solar House Day is a must for anyone about to embark on a home improvement project. You’ll meet with expert designers, experience passive solar design in action and take home ideas and inspiration to save money and save the environment.

What’s Passive Solar Design?
Siting a house to take advantage of the sun and the breeze; choosing materials that help save energy; constructing a house to keep cool in summer and warm in winter – all these add up to passive solar design. Solar homes use the natural energy of the sun and the wind for heating and cooling; as well as simple solutions like insulation and shading. Because they use less energy and respond to the natural environment, passive solar houses are cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and better for the environment. You can find more information about passive solar design features in the examples by region section.

What do I get for my money?
A ticket to Solar House Day gives you entry to all open homes on the weekend of 10 and 11 September 2005. At each house you can take a tour and learn about the design features used in the home. Designers, architects and homeowners are available to answer your questions. You’ll also receive an information kit packed with ideas, advice and product information. Every Solar House Day visitor goes into a draw to win great prizes. Last year, thanks to our sponsors, we gave away an architect’s design report and a solar hot water system.

Where can I get more information?
You’ll find information on each open house on this website from July 2005. In the meantime, browse our case studies and links page to find out more about passive solar design. Or join our mailing list for updates closer to the event. You can also call the Solar House Day information line on 1300 302 962 or you can email us on

Who runs the event?
Solar House Day is organised by the Australia New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES). ANZSES is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the environmentally sustainable use of energy. The event is made possible by volunteers who open their homes and by the support of community, corporate and government sponsors. All our sponsors promote products or ideas that lead to more sustainable buildings and lifestyles.

The 2004 Solar House Day Competition winners.

Some pictures from Solar House Day 2004.