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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 10 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 11, 2008 35 Living LOHAS, or a Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability, L L is capturing the imagination of a surprisingly broad cross-section of Australians as a realistic and practical framework for deciding the products and services they will purchase in the future, for the future. is an attitude consumption corporations individuals t is shaped by considerations etter health, inability and munity and outcomes. it is simply sumption: e house to capture of solar w the flow of fresh ng solar panels for and ventilating without power from the grid; and feeding excess energy into the grid while being paid handsomely for it. Other adaptations include maintaining eaves to direct rainwater into tanks, using insulated curtains with pelmets to limit loss of hot air rising or passing through glass windows and insulating ceilings and wall cavities to maximise thermal mass. Interiors of homes can be made healthier too, with natural breezeways enabled by appropriate design and by selection of household components such as kitchen benchtops that are natural -- perhaps of stone -- and not laminated with petroleum-based finishes or constructed using toxic glues which may leach out due to wear and tear or dampness. This lifestyle potentially includes Australians from a diversity of household income categories in urban, regional and remote locations. National Sustainable House Day 2008 This year, Sustainable House Day -- an annual event held across Australia which is dedicated to showing householders how to harness solar energy -- will widen its focus to the many other sustainable adaptations that can be made to homes, large and small, in many suburban, inner city and regional locations. "The key to the continuation of this event is how much people can learn simply by visiting an open house in their area, even if a little resistant at first and more curious, seeing the little things than can be done in a cost-effective way, often by homeowners themselves," says Judy Celmins, event organiser for Sustainable House Day 2008. "Many open house visitors would not call themselves environmentalists and actually love the comforts of a modern lifestyle, so they don't want to compromise and want to see how they might create a healthier, less polluted interior as well as what is available to leave less of a 'footprint' but without being expensive." While only the political left, the deep green and 'tree huggers' were once seen to believe in this way of living, since the 2007 Federal Election debate, environment and global warming issues have been repositioned in the minds of many as crucial considerations in the way forward for Australia and humankind. The LOHAS moniker is all about sustainability being cool and distinguishing followers of this lifestyle choice as leaders even while the philosophy is gaining ground in the mainstream. We all face the looming financial threat to household budgets of the planned Emissions Trading Scheme and its expected effect in increasing the cost of energy generated from a carbon or fossil fuel sources. Families, those in small apartments and corporate citizens are all able to benefit from following some flexible, general principles for living, building or decorating, travelling, dining and doing business sustainably. There need be no automatic barriers to implementing some simple, practical LOHAS measures in everyday life. Sustainable House Day will be held on Saturday September 13, and Sunday September 14, 2008. For more information visit: www.sustainablehouseday.com.au inable festyle? Special Report - Sustainable Living ayne Edmonds
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