Thursday, 01 December 2011
On Wednesday 30 November, Professor Geoff Syme, Senior Lecturer Tim Perkins and PhD student Raju Dhakal attended the City of Wanneroo Mayor's official opening of the EcoVision sustainable homes in Wanneroo.
EcoVision is a futuristic, innovative housing development, incorporating education, sustainability and affordability into its design. The project challenges current best practice and encourages the mainstreaming of sustainable housing to influence the many homes constructed each year.
The project consists of two display homes that demonstrate innovative ideas to use water efficiently, save energy, and minimise the impacts on the environment.
The project commenced in 2008, with ECU's Professor Geoff Syme being a member of the Technical Reference Group, advising on the architect design competition winner for the homes. Professor Syme also worked closely with the project manager of EcoVision Wanneroo, Sara Orsi, to involve second year ECU Urban & Regional Planning students, including Anna Ohram, Rana Murad, and Stacey King, who will now be providing guided tours on home open days and by appointment.
ECU's Faculty of Business and Law has been keenly involved with the project, receiving great recognition from Paul Sadleir, Managing Director of Cedar Woods Properties, at the official opening.
Mayor Tracey Roberts presented a wonderful speech about the project and thanked the various sponsors of EcoVision, including ECU.
"I would like to acknowledge and thank Edith Cowan University for both their project sponsorship and for encouraging suitably qualified student volunteers to come forward as 'sustainable tour guides'," Tracey said.
Mayor Roberts also commended the University on bringing an educational component to the project, and providing students with a unique opportunity to put their knowledge into practice on the project.
Professor Geoff Syme was presented with a certificate by Paul Sadleir acknowledging the involvement and sponsorship by ECU's Faculty of Business and Law.
The EcoVision homes are located at Cedar Woods' 'The Kestrels' development, and will be open to the general public on Saturday 2 December 2011 with guided tours from 2pm to 4pm. Thereafter, these tours will be available every Saturday or by appointment.