Imagine a sustainable home and the ability to live debt free, with utility bills as low as $10 per month.

It’s not just a dream! The Tiny Homes movement is a reality with more Australians wanting to live simply, debt free and lower their environmental impact.

The theme of this year’s Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day (SHD) Design Competition is ‘Tiny Homes’, to creatively look at housing on a smaller scale.

The design competition, open to residents, designers, architects and young people in the Northern Rivers, has three categories for entry:

  • Tiny Homes – A Pocket Neighbourhood – for professional and student designers and architects
  • A Tiny Home – for community designers and residents (anyone can have a go)
  • Teeny Tiny Home – for young designers (16 years and under)

Tiny Homes are smaller in footprint than a traditional home and are sustainable in the sense that occupants only build as much room as they need using as few building materials as possible.

“We have many creative and talented local designers. We look forward to seeing a fantastic array of entries exploring Tiny Homes in all their forms,” said Sandi Middleton, from The Sustainable House Day Northern Rivers Collaboration.

“Tiny Homes will enable more people to access secure, affordable and well-designed housing. Well-designed Tiny Homes can offer more amenities in better locations than larger conventional homes,” said Ms Middleton.

The SHD Design Competition is growing in popularity each year – this year over $5,000 is available in cash and prizes. All entries will be showcased at the Sustainable House Day Expo on Saturday 17 September 2016 in the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Visit for more information, submission guidelines and entry details.

Entries close 1 September 2016.

The Sustainable House Day – Tiny Homes Design Competition is a joint project with Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, North Coast TAFE, Self Seed Sustainability & Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.

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