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Australia's only dedicated sustainable house design magazine, profiling the best in environmentally aware architectural and design solutions.
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Technology for a Sustainable Future

The nation's premier magazine on practical, cost-effective technologies for an environmentally sustainable home and lifestyle.
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Renew job opening: Membership and Philanthropy Manager

Renew job opening: Membership and Philanthropy Manager

Join Renew in an exciting senior role, leading strategy and implementation for member stewardship and philanthropy.

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Victoria can build back better

Victoria can build back better

The pandemic recovery is a perfect opportunity to invest in home energy retrofit programs that will tackle the overlapping emergencies of health and climate change.

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Our plan for a National Low Income Energy Productivity Program

Our plan for a National Low Income Energy Productivity Program

A pandemic recovery plan that invests in home energy performance for people on low incomes can create jobs now and leave long-term benefits.

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Renew webinar

Creating a sustainable building industry

In the next 30 years, Australia will need to increase the number of homes it builds each year by 20% to avoid compounding the current affordability challenges that the community already faces. In this webinar, University of Wollongong doctoral candidate Makrita Solitei discusses what we can do to transform the building industry to consider the lifestyle of our building materials. See more videos from Renew on our YouTube channel.

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Latest from Renew magazine
Nurturing your native garden

Nurturing your native garden

Just how much maintenance do you need in a native garden? Robyn Deed gets some tips from landscaper Haydn Barling on how to sustain a beautiful, biodiverse garden in the suburbs.

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Powering Indigenous communities with renewables

Powering Indigenous communities with renewables

Many remote communities rely on polluting and expensive diesel generation. Jodie Lea Martire seeks out the Indigenous entrepreneurs and partnerships driving a more equitable renewable approach.

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Goodbye to Bass Strait gas

Goodbye to Bass Strait gas

After 55 years, Bass Strait gas output is running down. Are you ready, asks Tim Forcey?

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Latest from Sanctuary magazine
Ask our experts: Life cycle analysis

Ask our experts: Life cycle analysis

The Architects Declare Australia movement, launched last year in response to the growing climate emergency (see Sanctuary 49), now has nearly 900 signatories. One of the commitments is the inclusion of life cycle analysis to measure and reduce the carbon impact of design and construction projects; we asked Clinton Cole of Sydney’s CplusC Architectural Workshop to explain what his practice is doing to contribute to positive change in this area in alignment with their pledge.

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Design workshop: Down by the river

Design workshop: Down by the river

Having lived in their beloved riverside suburb of Melbourne for ten years, Rowan Doyle and Fiona Cock are planning an updated, more flood-resilient home to accommodate changing family needs. They are interested in prefabrication and Passive House; Sven Maxa of Maxa Design is knowledgeable about both, and gives them some pointers.

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Where there’s smoke: Protecting yourself from air pollution at home

Where there’s smoke: Protecting yourself from air pollution at home

Traditional approaches to good indoor air quality centre around materials that don’t off-gas, indoor plants and an abundant supply of fresh external air – but what if it’s not so fresh? Building scientist Jenny Edwards looks at what you can do when the outside air is hazardous, as was the case in many parts of the country this past summer.

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