Sanctuary Issue 45

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Take a look inside Sanctuary 45

  • The experimental issue: Eight house designs that play with shape, budget, site and style
  • Back to Basics a house for $100K
  • Passive House, the ‘next big thing’?
  • Summer cooling from your solar PV
  • Rainwater: get it right for your site
  • Is the market finally ready for energy-efficient design?
  • Verge garden designs + more

Sanctuary is Australia’s only magazine dedicated to sustainable house design.

Sanctuary is published by Renew, a not-for-profit organisation that enables, represents and inspires people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.

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Issue contents

House profiles:

  • Forest friendly
    Shaped to blend with the forest floor, a curvilinear Passive House reaches 7.4 Stars without rooftop solar or thermal mass.
  • Back to basics
    Good design need not be expensive – as Tassie architect Andrew Kerr shows with his 7.1 Star ‘apple crate shack’ built for $100,000.
  • Hilltop hood
    A small Adelaide Hills house uses big design thinking to overcome several major site constraints.
  • Coastal cliff hanger
    Too steep for use as a backyard, a Central Coast NSW block hosts a versatile, energy-efficient studio with spectacular sea views, thanks to extraordinary engineering.
  • Island off-grid
    We visit an experimental off-grid house on South Stradbroke Island designed to expand and contract to accommodate the whole family.
  • About face
    A project home retrofit shows how to achieve thermal comfort and energy efficiency with less-than-perfect orientation.
  • Rising from the earth
    Traditional materials and innovative spiral design connect a tree-changing Japanese family to their local community.
  • Passive resistance
    This rammed earth, Passive House renovation ensures a Melbourne heritage house is resilient to a changing climate.

Design features:

  • Passive House from the inside
    The Passive House building standard is gaining traction in Australia. Dick Clarke and Andy Marlow explain why – and yes you are allowed to open the windows!
  • Biophilic design takes root
    From playful architecture to pot plants, we explore the many ways to connect buildings with nature.
  • Get the most from your solar PV for summer cooling
    Cooling your house using your rooftop solar system requires a bit of thought and planning, but when you get it right, the savings can be worth it.
  • Price is right: Is the market finally ready for energy-efficient design?
    Too many people are still paying a cost premium for bog-standard energy-efficient design. We try to find out why, and when this will change.
  • Design workshop: Wetland retreat
    WA sustainability experts Sid Thoo and Alex Raynes-Goldie assist a pair of owner-builders to fine-tune their house plans.
  • On the verge
    Verge garden specialist Simon Pawley shares his best nature strip landscape designs, plus tips for creating your own.
  • Getting rainwater collection right
    Need to optimise a new or existing rainwater tank setup? Stuart McQuire gets you started.