Keith Hutchings

The Comfortable Home Project Founder

What is your background?

My background is an interesting career journey. I trained as a theatrical lighting designer and freelanced as a theater tech in New York City before moving to Australia, where I spent a few years working as a full time Dad, and as a carer for my wife whilst she recovered from an injury. After that I was the Head of Maintenance for a small school for nearly a decade, and for the last decade have been working as a handyman. All while promoting better building methods and energy efficient design.

What are you doing presently?

In addition to my work with the Sustainability Practitioners Network, I am the Founder of The Comfortable Home Project, where I work with a team of volunteers to promote energy efficient housing design.

What is your vision and where would you like to make a difference?

My vision for the future would be to have every new building in WA designed to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, saving the people living in the building money, while protecting the environment by requiring less energy. In the future we are looking to create, all home buyers would know that this is the only logical way to build and expect it from their builders. People will talk about the expected performance of their home, not just whether it came with stone benchtops or not.

What is something about you outside your career that people might not expect?

My wife and I love to go dancing to live music. I dance like a hypnotised chicken, but we have a lot of fun.

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