This page provides a selection of case studies showing how real people are making positive changes in suburbia by retrofitting their homes, gardens and habits.
Each case study reflects the situation, values and aspirations of the residents but all illustrate a range of retrosuburban patterns and strategies across the Built, Biological and Behavioural fields of action. The summary and statistics for each study make comparisons easier for readers without any judgement about right and wrong. Most case studies have a blog or website for further information, and some are accessible through tours or volunteering, but please respect the privacy of our generous contributors.
We plan to keep adding case studies showing the diversity of retrosuburbia to inspire readers of the book and website to create their own. If you have documented your retrosuburban journey, please let us know.
- Each case study has a self assessed Resilience Sun rating that evaluates the property (but not the people!) using the Retrosuburban Real Estate Checklist.
- The energy, water and resource consumption figures in some case studies may be higher than those of average households that outsource more of their consumption while at work, school and play away from home.