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ReNew Issue 122

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ReNew Issue 122 is out now!

  • Finders keepers: the hows and whys of reuse
  • Homemade house
  • Journey from schoolroom to home
  • Shipping container reuse
  • Radically sustainable homes: evaluating earthship performance
  • Mixing it up: upscaling waste paper
  • What a corker!
  • Towards guilt-free cooling
  • Doing small wind right
  • Selecting PV panels in a buyers market
  • Pool pump buyers guide
  • Inverter buyers guide: mains power anywhere
  • How to build an EV- or how not to!
  • DIY: Adjustable solar
  • The Pears Report
  • Salvage it!
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Issue Contents:

  • Finders keepers: the hows and whys of reuse

    Reduce the embodied energy in your home build and help the local economy by visiting your local tip shops, writes Beth Askham.
  • Homemade house

    Peter Ascot takes time out from building to share his art and heart of reusing second-hand materials to build his house in Bega, NSW.
  • Journey from schoolroom to home

    Andy McLeod’s building journey highlights many of the opportunities and challenges of reuse, writes Robyn Deed.
  • Shipping container reuse

    From pop-up shopping malls to low-cost housing, shipping containers construction offers creative and energy efficient possibilities, writes Kathryn Kernohan.
  • Radically sustainable homes: evaluating earthship performance

    Earthships are all about energy and resource efficiency, but just how well do they stack up against other housing types? Martin Freney is working it out.
  • Mixing it up: upscaling waste paper

    Ben Wall describes how waste paper can be transformed into a useful building material.
  • What a corker!

    One organisation is recycling items that most people wouldn\’t think could be reused, writes Jodie Meehan.
  • Towards guilt-free cooling

    When it comes to sustainable cooling, there are many conflicting pieces of advice. Alan Pears explores the options for increasing comfort without costing the earth.
  • Doing small wind right

    Small wind energy systems have the potential to provide all of your energy needs- if you have a suitable site and install the right system. Katie Ross explains the truth behind small wind system design.
  • Selecting PV panels in a buyers market

    There are many factors to consider when looking for solar panels. Stephen Ingrouille from Going Solar explains how distributors evaluate panels.
  • Pool pump buyers guide

    Reduce your pool’s carbon footprint with our pool pump buyers guide. Lance Turner explores the options.
  • Inverter buyers guide: mains power anywhere

    Whether you live off-grid or have a grid-interactive generation system, the right inverter can make all the difference. We check out what’s available, where to get them and which one is right for you.
  • How to build an EV- or how not to!

    Building an EV takes some planning and requires certain safety rules be followed. Leigh Hateley of the ATA Geelong Electric Vehicle branch explains.
  • DIY: Adjustable solar

    Fixed and roof-mounted solar arrays are not ideal for everyone. Adam Thomson describes the solution he’s evolved for his holiday home.
  • Pears Report

    Communities and smart consumers drive change as policy makers and industry lag behind. Alan Pears explains.
  • Salvage it!

    All avid DIYers need a good workbench, but they can be expensive to buy. Julian Edgar describes how he built a heavy-duty workbench from scrap steel and recycled timber.