R110

ReNew Issue 110

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ReNew Issue 110 is out now!

  • Earth tube cooling
  • A power supply using a UPS
  • Eco-friendly materials and fire
  • A solar pump for Oesilo
  • Solar is scaling up!
  • Solar panel buyers guide
  • Sustainable bush buildings
  • A plan for a green future
  • Self-sufficient with strawbale
  • DIY cardboard solar dryer
  • Wheelie good rainwater
  • Easy swimming pool filtration
  • Windows for your climate
  • Staying green with greywater
  • It’s not all black and white
  • Renewable energy glossary
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Issue Contents:

  • Earth tube cooling

    Visit three new homes that use simple earth tube cooling systems.
  • It’s not all black and white

    It seems that dark coloured roofs are everywhere you look in Australia, but why? We try to answer that intriguing question.
  • Staying green with greywater

    We visit a gardener who developed her own greywater system to keep her garden alive.
  • Windows for your climate

    Double glazing isn’t just for cold climates. Homes in warmer regions can benefit from the extra insulation as well.
  • Easy swimming pool filtration

    Pools need a lot of chlorine and electricity to keep them clean. One reader shows us his solution for a clean pool with much lower environmental impact.
  • Wheelie good rainwater

    Rainwater tanks don’t have to be large and immobile. We look at one reader’s system made from multiple wheelie bins!
  • DIY cardboard solar dryer

    This solar dehydrator is made from recycled materials and is a great way to preserve fruit.
  • Self-sufficient with strawbale

    Check out this strawbale home which is warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • A plan for a green future

    How to address climate change is up for debate. The Alternative Technology Association shares its ideas.
  • Sustainable bush buildings

    Self-sufficient homes aren’t new. A new touring exhibition unearths some of Australia’s best bush buildings—from past and present.
  • Solar panel buyers guide

    Finding the right solar panel for your needs requires a lot of research. We take a look at the options.
  • Solar is scaling up!

    Solar power generation plants are small compared to coal and nuclear plants. However, plant sizes are now beginning to rival other generators.
  • A solar pump for Oesilo

    The ATA International Projects Group has had another successful year. Leo Renkin writes about the installation of a solar pump in East Timor.
  • Eco-friendly materials and fire

    One advocate for sustainable building techniques collected data about earth bricks and bushfires. Fire resistance of other sustainable building materials follows on page 76.
  • A power supply using a UPS

    Jonathon Thwaites shows how an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) destined for landfill became the basis for a small renewable energy system.
  • Renewable energy glossary

    Do technical terms occasionally have you stumped? This glossary should help unravel some of the mystery. ReNew’s guide to renewable energy terms is great to keep for future reference.