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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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NEWS & EVENTS
Sustainable House Day 2020

Sustainable House Day 2020

Sustainable House Day 2020 is an online event, allowing access into Australia’s most unique and inspiring sustainable homes.

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Sanctuary 52 out now: Sustainable House Day special

Sanctuary 52 out now: Sustainable House Day special

As we navigate the challenges and opportunities of a world changed by an ongoing global pandemic, this issue our focus is on shaping a sustainable ‘new normal’.

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Renew’s operations amid Stage 4 lockdown

Renew’s operations amid Stage 4 lockdown

Since the Stage 4 lockdown was announced, Renew has found a way to move forward with our operations safely and productively.

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Developing a ‘whole of house’ rating for new homes

Developing a ‘whole of house’ rating for new homes

Renew's submission on Whole of House compliance rules in the 2022 National Construction Code.

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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
The energy-efficient home office

The energy-efficient home office

Working at home has become the new normal for many of us. Lance Turner takes a look at how you can help reduce your energy consumption while stuck at home, with a focus on ensuring your computer setup is fit for purpose and not an energy guzzler.

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How green are compostable plastics?

How green are compostable plastics?

Increasingly, some varieties of plastic are marketed as more sustainable. But are they as good as they seem?

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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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Latest from Sanctuary magazine
In the line of fire: Garden design to reduce the threat of bushfire

In the line of fire: Garden design to reduce the threat of bushfire

Increased risk of bushfire may be the new normal in many parts of Australia. Still, there are plenty of things you can do in your garden to give your house a better chance of survival if a fire does hit.

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Closing the performance gap: Passive House for schools

Closing the performance gap: Passive House for schools

Australian schools are underperforming in terms of energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. We talk to some architects who believe that the rigorous Passive House standard could help turn that around.

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Village green

Village green

Built to Passive House standards, this ‘micro-village’ on a single Canberra block offers flexible multi-generational living, nestled in an innovative water harvesting landscape.

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