Garden shed showcases the building style of the project

Starting with the garden shed

After Planning Permit approval, David was eager to get out of the office and move away from the paperwork.  Constructing something at the site would be a great way to ...

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Using an off-grid system for a solar powered worksite

Solar powered worksite

There is something fascinating about construction sites.  People walking along the footpath stop and watch what our builders are doing.  Perhaps the sound of power tools catches their attention and ...

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New sustainable home rating method

Not everyone interested in sustainable home design has the opportunity to start from scratch with a blank sheet of paper like we did.  I’m sure many people steadily upgrade their ...

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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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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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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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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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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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