Issue 149 is hot off the press and full of advice on how to clad your house and reduce waste. As part of our recycling focus, we investigate how industries like construction and hairdressing are aiming for sustainability. This issue also includes a guide to appliance shopping, two multi-year experiments in efficient heating and updates on where Australia is heading with electric vehicles.
Renew 149 has a special focus on recycling and cladding. Inside you’ll find:
Special features: Recycling and cladding
Cladding buyers guide
Need to reclad or planning for a new build? Our guide shows you the available options and the features to look for.
Cladding case studies x 4
Different homes, different materials, different aesthetics.
Building without waste
Sophie Weiner examines the problem of construction site waste and what we can do about it.
Planning for waste management
How one green collective has successfully reduced waste on their building projects.
Solar panel and battery recycling
What happens to solar energy products when they reach their end of lives?
Recycling (potted) plants
Unsaleable plants are often tossed. We check out a rescue nursery that aims to change that.
Salons produce a lot of waste, but there is a steady move towards recycling.
Appliance buying guide
When an appliance goes bang there is often an immediate response to go out and buy a replacement. Lance Turner shows you what to consider when looking for a new appliance.
A tale of three winters
It’s possible to live without heating, but if you use it, what’s the best option? Jenny Edwards runs a three-year experiment on her own Canberra home to find out.
Hydronic versus air con
We look at a Melbourne home that has two heating systems and see which works best.
Oversizing for off grid
When sizing an off-grid energy system, which is better: oversizing the solar array or the battery bank? GSES examines this issue and presents some interesting results.
Offsetting EV energy at home
A recent Renew study explores to what extent solar PV and energy storage can offset an EV’s grid energy usage and bills.
Replacing all your fossil miles
Our regular writer Bryce Gaton explains why he’s just bought his first-ever new car, a Hyundai Kona electric vehicle.
In this latest update we see how quickly things are changing overseas, while Australia still waits for its EV moment.
DIY insulating raked ceilings
James Stapledon explains how he insulated the ceilings in his home to greatly improve thermal performance.