Sanctuary Issue 57


Take a look inside Sanctuary 57

Star power special

  • We visit high Star-rated homes that hit the sweet spot for low-bills comfort with minimal extra outlay
  • Suburban eco development of three 8+ Star homes
  • Modest Canberra cottage retrofit doubles its rating to 7.7 Stars
  • Ingenious prefab CLT Passive House on a tiny urban block
  • Old house, new place: the lowdown on relocated homes
  • New lease of life for a relocated and lovingly restored Queenslander
  • On the drawing board: SUHO’s 10-Star demonstration house
  • Choosing the right windows: what do you need to know?
  • Sustainable design guide Your Home turns 20
  • Design powerhouse: A tribute to Canberra architect Derek Wrigley OAM
  • Shades of green: renter-friendly summer shading using plants

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

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Sanctuary 57: Star power special

House profiles

  • Surprise package
    From the street, there is little to hint at the transformation that turned this Canberra ugly duckling into a swan.
  • Wedge of calm
    Personal setbacks and a seemingly inhospitable location proved no impediment to this distinctive Passive House in inner Melbourne.
  • Ticking all boxes
    Jenni and Lance’s 8.7-Star Perth home is designed for thermal performance, ageing in place, health, community connection and a love of gardening.
  • The accidental development
    A pair of Melbourne retirees sets the standard for ‘empty nests’ of the future, building their ultimate sustainable home and a couple more for good measure.
  • Resilient at heart
    Emma and Paul’s modest Malua Bay home has seen their family through bushfires and pandemic disruptions in comfort.
  • Three into one
    Beginning with three salvaged buildings trucked to site, this airy family home in Brisbane’s west is finally complete after years of owner-builder love.
  • Playing for keeps
    To create their Sunshine Coast home, one couple bought and transported an unloved old house and rejuvenated it with reclaimed and second-hand materials and vintage finds.

Ideas & advice

  • Old house, new place: The lowdown on relocated homes
    Creating your new home by relocating an old house is perhaps the ultimate exercise in recycling. We explore the pros and cons.
  • Case study: Tree change for an Edwardian bungalow
    Relocated from city to country, extended and upgraded, this century-old house is just about ready for its next hundred years.
  • Design powerhouse: Remembering Derek Wrigley OAM, 1924-2021
    Jenny Edwards offers a moving tribute to Derek Wrigley, Canberra architect, inventor, educator and polymath, who passed away last winter aged 97.
  • Choosing the right windows: What do you need to know?
    When choosing windows for your high-performing home, it’s not just about specifying double glazing.
  • Your Home turns 20
    Dick Clarke and Caitlin McGee take us on a tour of Australia’s award-winning guide to sustainable homes, how it came about, and what’s new in the 6th edition.
  • On the drawing board: Hitting the high notes
    Adelaide designer Ruth Nordstrom tells the story of SUHO’s recently completed 10-Star and 8.2-Star high-performing homes.
  • Design Workshop: Balancing acts
    Anika and Corey’s stunning home site outside Broken Hill in far western NSW will require some design balancing acts. Rowan Brown of Lai Cheong Brown offers some guidance.
  • Shades of green
    Millie Ross shares her approach to creating a quick-growing, rewarding garden, with a focus on renter-friendly summer shading using plants.
  • Climate Resilient Homes campaign update: Feeling the heat
    Australia is failing to prepare our homes for extreme heatwaves – and it comes at a cost. Renew’s Sustainable Housing Advocate Rob McLeod reports on the situation.