Special tours Sydney’s Sustainable House – Saturday 19 September 2015

Tour Fact Sheet – Sydney’s Sustainable House and Chippendale Road Gardens

A house tour in September 2013

A house tour in September 2013


Special tours

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I’m giving a house tour on Saturday
19   September  2015;          cost $15 per person.
Start 1130 (arrive by 1125, please), finish 1230.
To celebrate the publication of the second edition of the book, Sustainable House, and my new book, Sustainable Food - and to make the information about the house and our local food more widely available, I’m offering  special tours of the house, including a signed copy of the books which are for sale at the tour.  Address:  58 Myrtle Street, Chippendale NSW.  Check out the contacts page for address details.  
Tours are usually every second or third Saturday. Cost $15 per person
Special tours for other times are arranged to suit and may be on other days of the week.  Students, or developers or consultants often come on those tours by agreement.  Minimum group tour fees are $150 and a maximum of 30 people per tour.  
Cameras and videos are welcome.
The ABC has a good site about the house.

House from the rear


Solar panels – for more photos of the house by Lottie visit her blog: http://aplaceaday.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/sustainable-house.html?showComment=1355121254803

House tours:  

No bookings  but places limited so you must email to confirm you will do the tour, please. NOTE: we start right on 1130 and finish right on 1230.

In one hour we: see and discuss the design and systems for: water, energy, recycled water, materials, mistakes, data, costs.

Let’s work on your project – if you’ld like to discuss your project on the tour and get design, product and costing suggestions then let us know by email in advance what your needs are and we’ll give you our best.  If you’ld like to get your hands on the bits and pieces of the water, recycled water and other systems – email us in advance and we’ll work that into your tour.



Urban farm working tours:

Bookings essential:  next Urban Farm Working Tour is DATE TO BE ADVISED.  Start 1130 am –  finish 100.  $15 tour fee.

To book email: tours@sustainablehouse.com.au

In the garden I will work with you and together for an hour and a half we will:

  • build a leaky drain – you’ll learn how to dig, install leaky drain
  • learn how to prune a fruit tree – how to espalier to make it fit a smaller space
  • learn how to manage compost bins – how to keep cockroaches away, how to get compost out and then to spread it without harming fruit trees
  • learn how to make a garden  self-nutrifying using a compost bin
  • learn how to identify and harvest your own food – from ‘weeds’ that aren’t weeds to unusual edible native plants and to commonly used herbs such as rosemary, lemon grass and more

Working urban farm tours are $15 each and entitle you to $10 off the price of either or both my books, Sustainable House, or Sustainable Food.

Maximum of 15 people on this tour – we’ll be working with tools and our hands; email bookings essential, please.

Group bookings 10 or more people to maximum of 15 people are $10 each.

You can buy a book on the web if you wish, here:

UNSW Press.

Cameras welcome.

See you there, at the little house that could . . . and yours can, too . . .

OH:   you may wish to see the Plan to make a suburb sustainable that I made for Sydney Council; visit here and see it and stay in touch as the Council goes through the steps to make the Plan a binding policy:  




Signed copies

Email me directly here to place an order for $55 including postage, and I will reply with order details and upon payment mail you a signed copy.

Other orders

You can also order unsigned copies direct from the publisher at UNSW Press.

Michael Mobbs’ Sustainable Neighbourhood Masterclass


If you want to learn how to transform your neighbourhood, Michael is holding a special masterclass at Sydney’s Sustainable House in Chippendale on – A  DATE TO BE ADVISED – In the meantime, there are special tours of the house . . . see below . . . 

65 Responses to “Special tours Sydney’s Sustainable House – Saturday 19 September 2015”
  1. Michael says:

    Yes, room for one more, the more the merrier

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Michael,
    My daughter, Maree, & I are booked in for your house tour this Saturday 15th. Wondering if you could accommodate one more? My partner, Brian, would like to come along too if there’s room.

  3. Brendan says:

    Hiya Michael,
    I unfortunately cant make the tour in July but will be the first to lock in a August date which is perfect !
    Hear from you soon .

  4. Michael says:

    Delia: send me an email to: michael@sustainablehouse.com.au and I’ll give you some info there if that’s ok? Michael

  5. Delia says:

    Hey Michael

    I am planning a unit of work for 10 year olds on sustainability and especially looking at waste management. Somehow I came across your site! I am just wondering if you have set up a virtual tour of your house- that I could/access – take our class through. We have no hope of visiting as we are located interstate. However, I thought a look at a sustainable house will help the kids with understanding the concept of sustainability.
    kind regards

  6. Michelle says:

    Hi Michael

    Was great to meet you on the weekend – thanks for showing us through your house, and the fresh eggs!

    Just wanted to ask you where you bought your LED lights from? They seemed like a great replacement for halogen bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

    Best regards


  7. Jenny says:

    Hi Michael,
    Thank you for the very informative tour today. I want to check in with you if you have any info about microbats?

  8. Annie Wyer says:

    Hello Michael,
    I have only just seen the advertisement for your book of The Sustainable House, and I was immediately drawn to the picture of the louvre windows and would like to know where you got those from (if it isn’t a trade secret). I have been trawling most window suppliers up and down the country and have not found anything yet that I like the look of. I want to enclose our front porch using the louvre windows to allow breeze in summer but not the gales of winter – we are on the outskirts of Canberra facing the Brindabella mountain range and the winds of winter here are just cripplingly cold. Having louvres will also mean an airlock so visitors aren’t waiting outside in the cold or heat and also we won’t lose much heat through the front door in the winter (which can be very long here).
    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go and buy your book, while you are replying to my email…! :-)
    best wishes for success, and a great Christmas,

  9. Warren Clendenning says:

    Hi Michael,
    I have your book “Sustainable House” and I am very impressed and inspired to follow your advice when I come to build my next house.
    Thanks once again for a book that should be in every Australian household.
    Warm Regards,
    Warren Clendenning

  10. Michael says:

    Eric, sorry to miss your contact and to miss you on the tour today. If you wish to you’re very welcome to come to the next house tour on 11 May. In any event, great to have your interest and I hope to see you both here one day, Michael

  11. Eric says:

    Hi Michael,

    I’m reading and learning a lot from your book ‘Sustainable House’, its inspired me to make one on my farm in India. My wife and I would like to make it for the house tour on the 27th. Please do let me know. Thanks!! Eric

  12. Michael says:

    Lindsay – great; you’re booked in; looking forward to meeting and gardening with you, Michael

  13. lindsay page says:

    i would like to book in for the urban farm working tour on saturday 9th feb please.

  14. Michael says:

    Hugh. Thank you for making contact and for your feedback; I’m very grateful for your words – thank you. Yes, I’d love to do a special tour for you and your colleagues. Cost is $15 each, and it takes an hour to see the energy, water, recycled water and gardening systems. Let me know when you’ld like to come and we can book it in, Warm regards, Michael

  15. Hugh says:

    Dear Michael
    Your work is very inspiring.
    I am a landscape designer with a small design and construction company. If I got together a group of people wanting to do a tour, would you consider organising a tour on a Friday afternoon?

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    Michael is a former Environmental Lawyer who is uniquely placed to consult in four main areas:

    • Sustainability Coach and Speaker,
    • Sustainable Urban Farm Design greening, watering and cooling the cityscape, roads, parks, suburbs,
    • Major Projects Consultant Commercial and Industrial,
    • Residential Sustainability Consultant.
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