Moora Moora is a co-operative residential community made up of a diverse group of about 50 adults and 20 children. We deliberately choose to live together in six small hamlets located on a beautiful co-operatively owned 245 hectare property situated at an altitude of 700 metres on Mt Toolebewong.
Today I went to the open house tour of Glen and Sarah’s sustainable house that is part of the Moora Moora co-op. Only one photo above shows their buildings, as there were more appealing scenery on the trip there and back.
Features of their house that comes to mind:
- Lotsa solar panels
- Battery power storage
- Composting toilet (that doesn’t smell)
- Roof water stored in big tank up the hill to give water pressure
- Straw-bail construction
- Hydronic heating inside concrete slab.
After the full tour and explanation, their set-up didn’t seem all that crazy or complex. As in, I was expecting to be presented with something that seemed out of reach for a person like me to achieve. But it seemingly isn’t. Though I have no doubts that a tonne of time and effort was put into putting together what is now a comfortable, fully operational home with little amenity sacrificed – when compared with what we’re used to having when connected to the grid (power, water, sewage).
Don’t get me wrong: there was a orderly web of water pipes and pumps to make the hot water system do it’s thing. And you won’t find me illegally playing electrician to wire up panels to batteries. But with knowledge gained and shared after doing the hard yards, people like Glen and Sarah made the road to sustainable housing a smoother ride.
As for living in a co-op… Well, to find out more you’ll have to join my Premium Platinum Gold Insiders Knowledge Club for just $499 a month. Simply click the link on your forehead to sign up. (Or just read the transcript from George Negus Tonight, from when they visited Moora Moora in 2003.)