Homes and Heat

Homes & Heat: Inspirational Design, Building, and Retrofit Solutions

18 February, 6.15pm - 8pm,
Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith

Josh Byrne undertook the design and construction of his own 10 star energy efficient family home in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton.

Join us for an engaging evening with nationally renowned experts as we delve into what it takes to make a home cool and comfortable in our Western Sydney climate.

You might have heard about concepts like passive solar design and Passive House, but how do they work and how effective is it for our local climate? And what are the cost effective and easy changes you can make to your existing home to make it cooler and more efficient? We’ll explore all of this and more at our special event.


Dr Josh Byrne, ABC’s Gardening Australia
Best known for his presenting role on ABC’s Gardening Australia, Dr Byrne is an Environmental Scientist with a personal passion for sustainable design. His own home in Perth achieves a 10 star rating using the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS), and live monitoring tracks its real world performance. Learn about the design features that keeps the home comfortable inside with no air conditioning on stifling 40+ degree Perth days.

Mark Davis, Mark Davis Design
Mark is a Blue Mountains based building designer and Certified Passive House Designer, who has delivered sustainable building projects across Sydney and the mountains. He takes a practical and considered approach to his work, to deliver comfortable, heathy and efficient homes that deliver great outcomes for the families who live in them. Hear about his work designing homes from scratch, as well as renovations and extensions to the globally recognised Passive House methodology.

Nevin Sweeney, President Permaculture Sydney West
Nevin lives in the Penrith region and is passionate about living more sustainably in suburbia. His permaculture garden has been featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia, and he’s undertaken a range of actions to make his typical suburban home more efficient and sustainable. A strident believer that the most sustainable home is one that’s already built, he’ll outline his tips to make your existing home cooler and more efficient.

Bookings can be made online. Tickets are free but places are limited.

If you have any questions, please contact Council’s Sustainability and Resilience Team on 02 4732 7983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Image:  Josh’s House
Photographer: Acorn Photo
Image supplied by: Dr Josh Byrne