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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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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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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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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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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Sustainability scorecard summary for our design

Sustainability scorecard results

Designing a sustainable home from first principles means combining lots of ideas into something that is so much different to a standard design.  Does the overall design make sense?  Is ...

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Aiming for a green home with an 8 star plus rating

8 star plus energy rating

Envelope please.  And tonight’s winning number is 8.1!  We’d just opened an email from David to discover our house designs had scored an 8 star plus energy rating. What does 8 ...

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Choosing the right insulation to reduce heat loss

Insulation choices

After sorting out the cladding options for our homes, we started to think about insulation.  What material should we choose to do the hard yakka of reducing heat flow through the ...

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Using sustainability assessment tools to rate house performance

Sustainability assessment

As the planning permit documentation comes together, our thoughts turned to how best to share the sustainable design features with the Council personnel who will review the paperwork.  Not really ...

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