Sanctuary 47: sustainable materials

Our cladding special feature focuses on getting your building skin right, including how to consider the entire wall system and select the right products for your location and climate. This Austin Maynard project used slate as a low-maintenance and practical solution. Image: Peter Bennetts
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?

Have a look inside Sanctuary 47

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.

We welcome your feedback. Perhaps there’s something else you would you like to see in Sanctuary? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or by email.

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