Sanctuary 47: sustainable materials
Out now! Sanctuary 47 focuses on healthy and environmentally sustainable material choices. We investigate the latest cladding options, innovations in composite materials and showcase houses where traditional materials are being used in new and interesting ways.
In theory there’s nothing to prevent anyone from building a high quality, energy-efficient and climate-safe home. But the reality is, sourcing appropriate materials is an enormous challenge. For this magazine we’ve enjoyed sending our writers across the country to visit homes built with a variety of materials chosen to suit the design brief and local climate.
We also zero in on cladding, which has understandably been one of the most searched-for terms on our website this year. Anna Cumming spoke to a range of experts to compile the latest advice on how to get your building skin right. And while progress appears slow in the mainstream of building, a lot of headway is being made at the cutting edge, where waste is being transformed into useful construction products; we asked Dick Clarke to peer into his crystal ball to identify those composites most likely to revolutionise the way we build. Crushed glass and rice hull bricks, anyone?
Also in this issue:
Building scientist Jenny Edwards shares her knowledge on the science of airtight construction and when mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is needed, and when it isn’t. Writer/photographer Chris Crerar hits the road to visit five glorious glasshouses made from upcycled materials. And Fiona Negrin investigates why so many sustainable designers are drawing inspiration from age-old tent design – perhaps ‘efficient tent’ needn’t be an oxymoron after all.
Sanctuary 47 is on its way to letterboxes and newsagents near you, full of advice and inspiration for sustainable living and building.
And as always we feature a wide range of innovative sustainable products and design tips for your home.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Sustainable House Day is going online for September 2020.Read more
Renew's comments on government home rating tools and the path to mandatory disclosure of home energy performance.Read more