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Welcome progress on energy standards

Welcome progress on energy standards

Building Ministers’ decision to advance energy provisions for new homes is an important step in the right direction.

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SHD: volunteers needed

SHD: volunteers needed

Sustainable House Day will be on Sunday, September 15. Volunteer your time to make this annual sustainability event a success.

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We need healthy homes

We need healthy homes

Renew has written to Building Ministers urging action on residential efficiency standards.

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Vote for solar for Timor

Vote for solar for Timor

Renew has been shortlisted for a $20,000 Australian Ethical Community Grant for our work in Timor Leste. Vote to help us get over the line!

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Our Magazines
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Modern Green Homes

Australia's only dedicated sustainable house design magazine, profiling the best in environmentally aware architectural and design solutions.
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Renew

Renew

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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Sustainable house Day

Scenes from Sustainable House Day

How do you build or renovate a home for comfort and low bills? A record 33,000 people had such questions on their minds when they visited 226 exceptional sustainable homes open across Australia on Sustainable House Day 2018, held on Sunday, 16 September. Watch our video to see what these attendees in Western Australia got out of the day.

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Latest from Renew magazine
Going electric with hydronic heating

Going electric with hydronic heating

One year after converting from gas to heat pump hydronic heating, Peter Hormann gives us a full account of the upgrades at his family’s Melbourne home and how they are staying comfy and zero carbon.

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Built with solar, runs on solar

Built with solar, runs on solar

Designing and building a more sustainable home is fertile ground for innovative ideas. Howard and Libby Elston explain how generators were largely avoided when building three new units.

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Unravelling home energy use across Australia

Unravelling home energy use across Australia

If asked what’s the biggest energy user in Australia, many people would likely say ‘air conditioning in summer’. But they’d be wrong. Paul Ryan and Alan Pears dig deeper into energy use averages and trends.

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Latest from Sanctuary magazine
Testing ground

Testing ground

Joel and Danni Turner, with architect Nikki Mote, experimented with hempcrete for a compact studio to finetune the design and build for their future family house.

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Airtight design

Airtight design

If you’re planning to build an airtight home, it’s important that you also consider indoor air quality. We ask building scientist Jenny Edwards to tease out the issues around mechanical ventilation with heat recovery – including when it’s needed and when it’s not.

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An uplifting prospect

An uplifting prospect

Set in a biodiverse landscape 700m above sea level in Queensland’s Great Dividing Range, this small-footprint home is built to withstand the fire threat and extreme temperature fluctuations.

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