Sanctuary 54 out now: Renovation & retrofit special
Sanctuary 54 is our renovation and retrofit special, showcasing projects that give a new lease on life to existing buildings with careful upgrades and inspired additions.
These include a colourful Melbourne house featuring three ‘pod’ extensions for extra space, a traditional Brisbane Queenslander improved with the insertion of a courtyard, and an airy extension to a brick bungalow in Wollongong that connects it much better to views and sun.
We also visit an owner-built strawbale Passive House in Wanaka, New Zealand, and a low-maintenance home built for inveterate travellers on the coast south of Adelaide. Building expert Jenny Edwards explains the benefits of retrofitting with energy efficiency and thermal comfort in mind, and architect John Tallis describes what it took to complete one of Australia’s first renovations done to Passive House standard. Elsewhere, we look at how sustainable design can interconnect with bushfire resilience for those rebuilding in fire-prone areas and give you tips on keeping happy backyard chickens – plus much more.
The team at Melbourne-based design and build operation Positive Footprints has developed Carbon Zero Homes, a series of energy-efficient houses designed to generate enough electricity to offset the carbon footprint of their creation as well as their operation. Jeremy Spencer and Chi Lu tell the story.Read more