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Photo by: Jason Mann; 'In the saddle' Sanctuary 42
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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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NEWS & EVENTS
Meet our new CEO

Meet our new CEO

Paul Bowers has joined Renew as our new CEO, and we'll be holding two online meetings so our members get a chance to meet him. 

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Support Renew with a $100 gift

Support Renew with a $100 gift

Like many organisations, Renew's ability to secure funding is under pressure, and that is even more true as the COVID-19 crisis has impacted several of our revenue streams. In these challenging times, while many are seeking assistance, we are asking you to commit to supporting Renew with an April gift of $100 – or, whatever you can.

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Installing solar during a pandemic

Installing solar during a pandemic

Despite requirements for physical distancing during the current pandemic, residential solar installations are continuing. Read on for information on sensible precautions.

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Installing solar during a recession

Installing solar during a recession

Solar panels can be a good investment for some households during an economic recession. Read on for more information.

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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
New battery installation rules

New battery installation rules

If you’re planning a battery or you already have one, the new rules on where batteries can be located and who can work on them may affect you. Renew’s Andrew Reddaway explains what’s changed.

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On the energy storage scene

On the energy storage scene

We talk to installers and Renew’s own energy policy team to find out what’s happening in the world of energy storage. Where are prices heading, what subsidies are available and are there trends of note?

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Gardening for habitat

Gardening for habitat

Beauty, habitat and always more to learn: there’s a lot to be said for bringing a bit of the bush into the suburbs. Bill Aitchison and Sue Guymer describe their Australian native garden in Melbourne’s east.

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Latest from Sanctuary magazine
Nurturing nature

Nurturing nature

There’s a lot you can do to promote biodiversity when you’re designing a new home or renovation, with clear benefits for you and your family as well as for the natural environment. Ecologist Sarah Bekessy and her colleagues explain what’s possible.

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Naturally lovely

Naturally lovely

Built with a focus on natural materials including hempcrete, this small home near Margaret River will provide a Perth couple with a comfortable, healthy, low-bills retirement.

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Modern green homes: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Australia

Modern green homes: A short history of energy-efficient housing in Australia

As we celebrate 50 issues of Sanctuary, it’s timely to look back at how far the ‘modern green homes’ of our tagline have come in the magazine’s lifetime. CSIRO building researcher Anthony Wright looks at the development of energy efficiency regulations, how we’re building, and where to next for achieving a truly sustainable built environment.

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