Fair share

Fair share

When Deb Shand downsized to her comfortable new eco home in central Victoria, she got a ready-made sustainability-minded community too.

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Local support

Local support

A small, energy-efficient family home perched above NSW’s Kangaroo Valley prioritised the use of local materials and skills, contributing to community sustainability.

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Suburban beach house

Suburban beach house

With standard materials, a modular design approach and careful attention to detail, this Canberra couple have created a high-performing family home that’s a haven in the suburbs.

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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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Into the woods

Into the woods

This treechange home in central Victoria didn’t start off as a Passive House project, but evolved into one through close collaboration between the owners, architect and builder.

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A pretty pair

A pretty pair

In inner Melbourne, a pair of dilapidated hundred-year-old townhouses was replaced with the best-practice 21st century version, with energy efficiency, recycled materials and neighbourhood connectedness firmly in mind.

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Prefab prototype

Prefab prototype

A little gem of a backyard studio was the testing ground for a larger project aiming for considered suburban density on this Blue Mountains block.

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More with less

More with less

In the Canberra suburbs, this compact, energy-efficient secondary dwelling is affording a retired couple financial sustainability and the opportunity to age in place.

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Living laboratory

Living laboratory

Growing up in a town which has since become an outer suburb of Perth provided food for thought for this apartment owner, who used his professional knowledge and skills to demonstrate a sustainable alternative to endless sprawl.

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