Sanctuary Issue 56

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Take a look inside Sanctuary 56

Sustainable House Day special featuring nine of Australia’s best eco homes

  • Deep dives into: building & design; retrofitting; building materials; climate resilient homes
  • Classic Queenslander renovated for flood resilience
  • 9-Star urban strawbale build with clean, modern lines
  • A pair of Passive Houses at The Cape ecovillage
  • Mittagong cottage ‘deep energy retrofit’
  • Targeted retrofits for comfort: identifying where to spend your money
  • Putting waste to work: Tiles from recycled glass and fabric
  • Ensuring good air quality in increasingly airtight homes
  • Urban homesteading trailblazers

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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Sanctuary 56: Sustainable House Day Special

House profiles

  • Just right for one
    Built on a budget, Liz Martin’s character-filled home in Bendigo, Victoria, is a delightful example of well-designed urban infill.
  • Stepping it up
    This high-performing Sydney home employs a site-specific design that breaks out of the typical Passive House box.
  • Proof positive
    Veteran of an owner-built, deep green backyard flat project in Mittagong, NSW, Andy Lemann applied his learning to the main house.
  • Space upgrade
    Architect Emma Scragg designed a modest two-storey rear addition to a Brisbane home that has a large impact on how the homeowners live, and minimal impact on the existing house.
  • House of comfort
    In their small, super-sustainable strawbale house in Adelaide, Dylan and Robyn wear t-shirts indoors all year round and don’t pay energy bills.
  • Hemp hemp hooray
    Building with hempcrete was the central decision for Geoff’s sustainable owner-built house in the Narara Ecovillage on New South Wales’ Central Coast.
  • High water haven
    The renovation and downstairs fitout of Marion and Daniel’s Brisbane Queenslander incorporates innovative flood-resilient design features.
  • Cape crusader
    At Cape Paterson in Victoria, one of Australia’s most ambitious housing developments is setting a precedent for community living.
  • Strait views
    Designed to fit the slope of its block, this snug split-level house at The Cape incorporates ribbon windows to maximise views and thermal efficiency.
  • Basking in sunlight
    Part of the community at The Cape, this Passive House is simple, elegant and fit for ageing in place.

Experts explore

  • Uta on using her new studio as a testing ground
    Uta Green explains the design process for her practice’s new studio in Hobart, including using iterative energy ratings to optimise the small building’s performance.
  • Sid & Dannielle on the value of carefully targeted retrofits for comfort
    Perth-based duo Dannielle Robertson and Sid Thoo describe how energy assessments can help identify the best places to spend your retrofit money.
  • Andy on indoor air quality in increasingly airtight homes
    What can you do to ensure a healthy indoor environment when you don’t want your windows open? Architect Andy Marlow explains the experimenting he’s done at his place.

Ideas & advice

  • Putting waste to work: ‘Green ceramic’ building materials from recycled glass and textiles
    A research and industry collaboration is perfecting a range of tiles, fixtures and even artworks made from ‘green ceramics’, repurposing waste materials.
  • Design Workshop: Fit for a couple or a crowd
    Matt wants to build a family retreat that can comfortably accommodate any number from two to a dozen on his waterfront block in Goolwa, South Australia. Geraldine Petit of SUHO helps him pair flexibility with minimal energy use.
  • Urban homesteads: How to live a more sustainable life in the city
    Rebecca Gross explores a growing movement in which city dwellers are cultivating their own produce, connecting with nature and their community and living lower-impact lifestyles.
  • Climate Resilient Homes campaign update: Cracking the code
    Rob McLeod, Renew’s Sustainable Housing Advocate, explains the importance of mandated energy efficiency standards for rental homes.