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Michael Mobbs

Michael Mobbs has held an interest in sustainable design for over 20 years, advising about technology, design, environmental law and policy to government, the private sector and community groups.
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Spend a night at Sydney’s Sustainable House.  Try out the rain water, recycled sewage and solar systems yourself. 

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26 March 2010

Hi Michael, you probably don't recall but a few years ago, after reading your book, my partner (K) and I contacted you for advice on sustainable renovation. Inspired by your pioneering work and helpful advice (and that of others like Jerry Coleby-Williams - Bellis in Brisbane) we've now gone ahead with our renovation and it's almost done! The permaculture garden is yet to come, but we'll make a start as soon as we get back home (in 6-8 weeks). I made a website blog to document our experiences: NoSmallDreams.net

I added a link to your website in the right sidebar and an item to the list of useful publications on the links and resources page.

Thanks again for all your generous help!

Regards, BH

18 September 2009

Dear Michael, my husband and I managed to catch your last session on Sunday during the Sustainable House Day Inspection and I wanted to let you know how you have changed our lives and regenerated our energy toward living more sustainably.

We received your book as a gift about 10 years ago and over the years have picked it up and read a bit here and there. After 2 children, several businesses and houses later we both found ourselves looking for new direction.

Michael consults with private and public sector developers and their project teams to design, specify, obtain approvals and funding for sustainable projects.

Approved projects include residential flats, offices, subdivisions, housing, infrastructure, and sustainable government policies.

Michael designed the systems, obtained approvals for, and project managed the renovation of Sydney's Sustainable House, a nineteenth century inner Sydney terrace which since 1996 has provided all its own water, sewage and energy needs.

Latest updates
Read the latest updates on the Sustainable House website:

new - ABC News article on the Chippendale Urban Farm.  Check out the linked video as well.

new - Interview with Stephanie Alexander and Michael Mobbs on Radio National - Life Matters

new - Sustainable can be stylish! - visit the Gallery to see the latest photos from the Sustainable House

Read all about Michael's work on
The Chippendale Project: a new road design for Australia and view his presentation at the recent Reinventing Our City Streets seminar.

Paul Sheehan (SMH columnist) was there.  Read his column.

Free Community Garden Workshops at Carriageworks in September 2009.

Read The Bathurst Burr, Michael's column in the Spinifex section of The Fifth Estate.

Watch the video:
Chippendale Food Fair Urban Farming

Visit the website and Live Locally

Can we eat fruit and produce from roadside trees and plants?

Read about my response to climate change

Eat from the nature strip in Chippendale. Gardening as a subversive activity article

What's new at the Chippendale Food for the Future Festival

How to Water your Street Trees [Updated PDF 550kb]

Sustainability: a property developers perspective

The Sustainable House

How to get there

Organic Gardening - Bringing health to the heart of the city.

Read the Book

'Sustainable House' is Michael's comprehensive DIY guide to building a sustainable house, available on-line from
Choice Books and all good bookstores.

Projects, FAQ, Links

Answer your questions about what it's like to live in a sustainable house.  Observe some of the projects we've completed and see what is possible.  Our sustainable future starts now.

Frequently asked questions

Example of an Office Project

Example of a Strata Project

Example of a subdivision  new

Aussies Sustaining Australia Project
Why sustainable projects are a solution and
government rules (presently) are not
These reports are now located on the new website

Visit this website for an example of an affordable sustainable project and house purchase opportunities: The Green

How To Disconnect From Mains Water And Sewerage

You can disconnect from Mains Water and Sewerage and not pay the connection fee.

How To Water Your Street Trees (updated Sep 2008)

How to water your street trees [PDF 550kb]

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24 November 2009