The new economy of rainwater harvesting, stormwater management vs traditional water management

two storey house with rainwater tanks  Water Sensitive SA and the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia held a thought-provoking seminar in the Adelaide Town hall on 15 December with a keynote address by Professor PJ Coombes. The discussion brought together the elements of economics, rainwater harvesting and stormwater management and potentially leading edge Australian integrated water policy.

Christmas 2016 Chairperson Address

At the Sydney RHAA break up event our new Chairperson, Stuart Heldon of Kingspan Environmental reported on a productive year including the following highlights.

How to live in your house

Rooftop with solar panelsSaving water and energy is a consistent element of the every sustainable house in Australia. But sustainable houses are often stereotyped as unusual, as if the houses and their inhabitants are somehow not like the rest of us and have achieved something we cannot do. And yet over one million houses in Australia have solar panels and 2.3 million houses have a rainwater tank. The following home owners show that caring about our impact on the planet and the future for our children puts money in your pocket and is easily achieved with existing technology. 

The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed

Drawing of new housingYes, it was a big call but at the breakfast on 20 April in Sydney  Josh, Caroline and Scott delivered a very impressive vision of the future of Australian House Design. Thanks team, the world owes you a fine wine. Josh Byrne laid out the blueprint, literally, for Josh’s house. In summary

The Future of Australian Housing Design Breakfast Event

Josh ByrneThe Rainwater Harvesting Association has organised a breakfast to talk about Housing Design on 20 April in Sydney. Australia needs to build 4 million new houses in Australia by 2036, a 50% increase from 2011. What do we want and what do we need from these houses? Almost every article we read about sustainable houses seems to include rainwater harvesting, solar panels, passive design features. These features clearly work so why do so many of  us have houses without them? What should we do to build great houses and reduce our costs, enjoy our houses more, pay less taxes, and raise healthy families?

Who you gonna call?

Bush Tank StandBack in the day…. we all maintained our water tanks beautifully and whittled our own furniture in the long summer evenings. In the modern world however we sometimes need a hand making sure we are getting the best from our rainwater harvesting systems.

Wisdom at the Gates of Melbourne – Sustainable Buildings Breakfast

multicolored skyscraper“Wisdom cries out in the street, in the square she raises her voice, at the busiest corner she cries out, at the entrance to the city gates she speaks” Proverbs 1 20-21 At the gates of Melbourne in Federation Square on a busy Friday morning, Dr Peter Coombes presented the arguments for water targets for sustainable buildings in Australia.

Matt Damon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a Twist

Matt Damon wearing a toilet seatThe ALS Ice bucket challenge has taken the world by storm with celebrities and even the Simpsons have taken part to raise money for charity. While all are entertaining, not all are the same. Find out why Matt Damon uses water from the toilet?

Winners of the International 2013 savewater!® Photographic Competition

This year the savewater!® Photographic Competition has seen the most entries ever – over 3,700 entries from more than 90 countries around the world. These entries show that valuing water is something that crosses the boundaries of nations, tribes and languages – photography has been a great way to capture that.

What is plastic doing to us and our oceans?

Take 3 for the SeaAs the seasons change, we will all be spending a little bit more time and taking advantage of the incredible beaches Australia has to offer. Our latest refillit expert, Tim Silverwood from Take 3 took time out to talk to us about how plastic waste at the beach is far more than just an eyesore, but is in fact killing our marine life and working