Off the Grid

Local Broulee resident Marcus Reichinger has ideals that are not nearly as passive as his ultimate goal of building a ‘passive house’ for his family.

Fed up with his current job in property maintenance, Marcus followed his dream to become a carpenter and enrolled in the Certificate IV in Building at TAFE NSW Moruya.

Marcus is inspired by the idea of ‘passive housing’ that minimises or reduces reliance on fossil fuels.

“It would be really cool to have solar panels on the roof and a thermally integrated swimming pool. I think it would be pretty simple,” says Marcus.

Able to study the course online, Marcus accessed Adobe Connect sessions at Moruya that were connected to Wollongong TAFE.

“Some of the boys were learning offsite – it doesn’t matter where you are. If you can log on and get access to the internet, you can learn,” says Marcus.

“The course has opened up a few opportunities for me as well. I have met people that have helped me secure some employment,” he said.

Marcus was supported by teachers at both TAFE NSW Moruya and Wollongong during his studies.

“My teacher (Brett McCroary) helped with assignments. He provided helpful feedback on how to improve my work,” says Marcus.

Brett McCroary, Teacher of Building and Construction, was pleased with Marcus’s persistence to complete the course.

“Marcus didn’t have a carpentry background or great computer skills so he started off a bit rough,” says Brett.

“By the end of the year, he was all over it - especially the computer literacy.”

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