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.
If you’re planning to build an airtight home, it’s important that you also consider indoor air quality. We ask building scientist Jenny Edwards to tease out the issues around mechanical ventilation with heat recovery – including when it’s needed and when it’s not.Read more