House with solar panels

Solar plus batteries gaining momentum

Installing solar cells and then fitting a battery storage system might be worth a few greenie points, but is the extra cost justified on a purely economic analysis? Not yet maybe, but current trends indicate that time isn't too far in the future.

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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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Livable Housing Design guidelines

Livable housing design

Designing a sustainable home isn’t limited to ideas like passive heating from the sun, water conservation and reduced  energy use.  Being sustainable also means a dwelling that ages gracefully.  A home ...

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Live at the Cape

Live at the Cape

Taking the opportunity to visit the Cape sustainable development at Cape Paterson highlighted we were aiming to meet similar objectives - good looking homes that were designed according to sustainability principles, along with a desire to encourage a sense of community amongst the future residents.

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Poster for COP21 in Paris

Paris COP21 and our plans

How does Paris COP21 and our plans fit together? Do our designs stack up with the ideals and intentions announced at the conference? We were interested to compare our plans with what the international community had agreed.

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Practically Green Festival

With the sun shining on a warm Spring morning, it was the perfect time to drive up to the Nillumbik Shire Practically Green Festival.  We wanted to spend a bit of ...

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Sustainable house day inspiration

Each year, the Alternative Technology Association organises a Sustainable House Day which gives people the opportunity to see ideas in action and talk to the residents about their experiences. The night ...

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Sorry about the climate change, but we’d like to help

This You Tube video was shown by the students organising an assembly for World Environment Day.  It’s a powerful message about the likely consequences of unchecked climate change. As a ...

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Building in a sense of community

Where did the idea come from? Creating a sense of community in a housing development encourages people to want to live there.  This was a theme that Kevin McCloud talked ...

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