Green roof on suburban house

Green roof on a cool home

As part of Maroondah Council’s activities for Earth Hour, they organised a talk on using vegetation to assist a home’s passive cooling. Libby and I went along and heard how to use ...

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Possible trip to VCAT offices

What does going to VCAT mean?

I didn’t believe Libby was serious when she said it.  I remember thinking, “I heard that wrong.”  When I asked her to repeat the sentence, it was identical.  She replied, ...

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Permit decision made by Council

Planning permit decision

Libby had her psychic antenna up and running the other day.  She felt the need to call David and ask him if he’d  heard anything from the Council  about our planning ...

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Important idea to share with others

An important idea or two to share

Every now and then, something happens that makes you pause and think about what’s been going on.  In our case, the thing that made us go, “Mmm,” was being asked ...

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Green home website search

Green home search results

With the increasing awareness of sustainable design features in new homes, you'd think it would be easy to use real estate websites to search for properties according to their green credentials. Not at the moment according to a quick review we've done of the Melbourne market.

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Indigenous plants growing along the back fence

Indigenous today, native tomorrow

Back in May, we shared the news about planting indigenous seedlings along the back fence. At the time, a reader responded with an astute observation.  These plants might not be ...

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Sustainable design made easy with ATA

Sustainable design made simple

It’s always a pleasure to open the mail box and find the postie has delivered the latest edition of Sanctuary magazine.  The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) uses this publication as ...

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Thinking about the building permit

Planning for a building permit

Hang on a moment!  You might be thinking, “What happened to the planning permit?  I’ve missed something.  When did we jump to the building permit?” Planning permit review well underway. ...

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Public review starts with a yellow sign

Public review begins

Nearly two years ago, Libby stood out the front of our property, heart pumping, making the final successful bid at the auction. Today we have reached an important milestone in our ...

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Double glazed windows

3 lessons about double glazed windows

Libby looked up from the pile of drawings on the desk and said, “You should write a post explaining the three things we just learnt about double glazed windows.”  We’d ...

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