Hitting the target NatHERS Star rating range

Target for NatHERS Star rating

Achieving a NatHERS Star rating of 8.2 Stars means our home will be comfortable to live in without the need for excessive amounts of energy for heating and cooling. Studies of similar designs show the additional cost to install the necessary sustainability features are financially justified.

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Dismantling underway

Dismantling finished

We decided to dismantle the old house to recover the large amount of timber that could be re-used in the new homes. It was a big job but David finished in time for the Council to complete most of their drainage upgrade project before Christmas holidays.

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Liveability and the 17 features which contribute to sustainable design

Liveability Real Estate is something new

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate wants to promote better house design by translating sustainable design principles into an easily understood list of liveability features which appeal to potential buyers.

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Reviewing the cost estimate to decide if sustainable features need to be trimmed

Cost estimate versus design features

After spending so long developing a design based on many sustainability features, receiving the cost estimate focused our attention on the project budget. Some trimming was needed to produce an affordable design that didn't sacrifice the original aim of building a state of the art green home.

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Selecting an exterior colour

Choosing an exterior colour scheme

Trying to choose the right exterior colour can be daunting when all you have is colour charts and a drawing. However, expert assistance is available for anyone who isn't confident with this important decision.

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Tiny house inspirations for effective use of space

Tiny house uses space effectively

When downsizing, it's worth dipping into the Tiny House philosophy for ideas on how to live with less - less space in a home which means thinking about less things to put into the dwelling.

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ATA sustainable house day advertising

Sustainable house day inspirations

September is an important month for us but not for any garden-variety event such as the AFL Grand Final.  No, it’s when the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) organises sustainable house ...

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Dismantling started with the base boards on the house

Dismantling begins

With the planning permit approved, it's time to move onto site preparation for constructing Unit 1. Rather than demolish the house, it will be dismantled to maximise the opportunities for reusing and recycling. Why buy new materials when there are so many already on site?

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Star rating for house designs

Ideas from 10 Star house challenge

Just because a house design can be designed to reach the maximum energy rating of 10 Stars, does that mean we should aim for 10 Stars in our designs? We attended a talk by Tim Adams from F2 Design to find out the answer.

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Surprise arrival of VCAT decision

Early VCAT decision

Some emails should arrive with a fanfare – a call to arms on the bugle.  They catch your attention with a colourful display of fireworks to proudly announce their arrival! ...

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