Sanctuary 56: Sustainable House Day Special
- 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.
- 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.