Sustainability @ Osprey House

Sustainability is critical to conserving our natural environment and resources along with managing climate change. There are many ways you can help reduce your impact on our environment. Click here to see some ideas supplied by the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Osprey House is trying to be an example of how a sustainable approach to resources and the environment can be achieved.

Lighting

All lighting at Osprey House is energy efficient, using LED or energy-efficient globes, thanks to a Community Assistance Grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Rainwater Tanks

All of the rainwater that falls on Osprey House is collected in two 22,000 litre rainwater tanks. This is the sole source of water used at Osprey House for sinks and toilets.

Solar Electricity Generation

In July 2008 Osprey House Community Volunteers arranged the installation of 12 solar panels through a local business, Springers Low Voltage Specialists. The installation generates an average of eight kilowatts of green power per day. Osprey House would like to thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for a $10,000 Community Assistance Grant to help fund this project along with grants from the Federal Government.

Osprey House would also like to thank NRMA for their financial support to create a public awareness presentation, that can be viewed at Osprey House, on the use of solar energy.

Toilets

All toilet facilities are dual-flush to reduce water use.

Garbage

Osprey House recycles all paper, cardboard, plastic and glass material using the Council "Yellow" bins.

Mulch

All of the plants at Osprey House are mulched using recycled plant material from the Moreton Regional Council.

Native / Drought Tolerant Plants

All of the trees, shrubs and plants in the Osprey House environs are native to the area. You can check out what flora is native to your area of Pine Rivers by looking at the Council's Regional Ecosystem classification. Advice on trees, shrubs and plants can be sought from Kumbartcho Sanctuary, the local Pine Rivers Community Nursery.

Worm Farm

Osprey House has a Reln Worm Factory made in Australia from 100% recycled plastic. It allows the Volunteers to recycle food waste, thus reducing the volume of their garbage, into nutrient rich, 100% oranic fertiliser.

Design

Osprey House was designed to help with Queensland's climate by keeping it naturally cooler with the use of a high ceiling, window louvres, both high and low, to assist air-flow and wide covered verandas for shade.

Paper

Osprey House uses recycled "green" paper for photo-copying and computer printing.

Light

Osprey House has installed (in 2011) sky-lights to reduce our dependance on electricity to for lighting.