Designs of the future in Nimbin
A NEW "sustainable living hub" in Nimbin could help reduce energy consumption in homes through efficient building designs that reduce the reliance on air conditioners, heaters and artificial lights.
The project is one step closer to completion after more than $5000 was raised in December through a raffle of tickets to New Year's Eve events, including Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Tropical Fruits.
After purchasing a site for the project, the Nimbin Community Centre and Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre had to raise $154,000 to pay for the purchase - with just $25,000 remaining.
Project manager Natalie Meyer, from the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre, said the purpose of the project was to model excellent building design.
"It will be a cradle-to-grave measurement process, where every material and every aspect of it has to be sustainable from its birth to its death," she said.
Ms Meyer said sustainable building alternatives were targeted towards the high end of the market, leaving a gap in affordable and sustainable designs.
"At the moment the concept of sustainable building design feels out of reach to most people because it seems like a very high-tech multi-million dollar (endeavour)," she said.
"But what we're saying is that this stuff is really basic, it's not rocket science."
Ms Meyer said the top floor would demonstrate how the building was designed and built sustainably, and showcase sustainable building designs.
The ground floor would be a large workshop space, similar to a men's shed but open to everyone.
Concept designs by architect Mark Floate include a gallery, display and learning centre, research library, store, vertical gardens, courtyard, stage, talking circle, energy park, workshop and gardens.
Community consultations have been ongoing throughout the concept design and redesign process.
The estimated cost of the total development is about $500,000, with a staged approach likely to be taken.
Ms Meyer said anyone who donated would be acknowledged in an "artistic" way once it was completed.
Stage one of the project involves moving the existing house on the property closer to Sibley St.