Sanctuary Issue 47

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Take a look inside Sanctuary 47

Sustainable building materials special

  • Material stories from six outstanding sustainable homes
  • Cladding – how to get it right
  • Upswitch your lighting
  • Upcycled glasshouses: 5 stunning conservatories and greenhouses
  • Next level glamping – 7 tent-inspired getaways
  • Do you need MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery)?

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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House profiles:

We visit houses across Australia where sustainable materials were at the heart of the design brief.

  • Tune up
    A U-shaped house on a tight Gold Coast block optimises privacy and creates secluded spaces to sit, depending on the sun and season.
  • Urban lifecycle
    Sustainably sourced materials meet passive solar design in the custom renovation and extension of a period Melbourne cottage
  • Raw materials
    Raw and prefinished materials are used with great effect for a contemporary farmhouse near Margaret River.
  • An uplifting prospect
    An exceptional block of land called for a special kind of home, and that’s what architect Brian Steendyk delivered at Bellbird Retreat in rural Queensland.
  • Elevated thinking
    A compact family home is a striking anomaly in Perth’s beachside Coogee, where the trend is towards ever-larger houses on shrinking lot sizes.
  • Testing ground
    Experimenting with hempcrete for a flexible studio has helped owner-builders finetune their design for a future family home.
  • Glorifying tents
    Sustainable architects are drawing inspiration from age-old tent designs – including Moroccan Berber and classic pitched scout tents – and the results are spectacular.

Ideas & advice:

  • Cladding: getting it right
    What you should be considering when choosing the cladding for your sustainable home or renovation.
  • Upcycled glasshouses
    Inside five home conservatories built using reclaimed materials, including single glazing.
  • Materials frontier
    Dick Clarke uncovers new composites that reduce carbon, interrupt waste streams and reassemble themselves.
  • Deconstruction: From waste to product
    How inventor Veena Sahajwalla is designing waste out of the economy.
  • Light saviours
    Three lighting experts provide rescue remedies for poor lighting design.
  • Airtight design meets MVHR
    Jenny Edwards explains when mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is really needed.
  • Buyer (still) beware
    We have a new building code, so why are consumers still being short-changed?
  • Design workshop: Making space for family and friends
    Paul Worroll of Reddog Architects suggests an alternative pavilion renovation idea for a 1950s brick home.