Greener Houses

Greener Houses Growing Greener Neighbourhoods 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 too.Together we:

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

Greener 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's Sustainability Fund and two Philanthropic Trusts.

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

A number of resources are available from the project to help you take action on climate change.


1. Skylights and natural lighting

2. Windows

3. Window coverings

4. Water tanks

5. Power meters - measuring your power use at home

6. Stand-by power

7. Insulation

8. DIY energy audit

9. Draught proofing


Achievements report

Description report

Swinburne University's National Centre for Sustainability report on community led education for sustainability

RMITs Assessment of building performance and community engagement


Moreland Energy Foundation carbon footprint presentation

Moreland Energy Foundation home audit presentation

Moreland Energy Foundation practical retrofit presentation

Moreland Energy Foundation Mick Harris products presentation


Learn about your Neighbourhood House

Greener Houses Energy Audit Calculator

Documenting the House’s Passive Design Features

How to use the MS6115 Power Meters

Practical retrofitting - Draught Proofing

Tell the Story of the House - so far

Checklist - design process

Overview house plans

Retrofit flow charts

Retrofit planning process

Example retrofit plans

Allwood Neighbourhood House

Jika Jika Community Centre

Watsonia Neighbourhood House

Richmond Community Learning Centre