Sanctuary 55 out now: a deep dive into sustainable homes
Come with us on another deep dive into the built environment of the future in Sanctuary 55, as we showcase the astounding range of sustainable homes being created around Australia.
It’s good to know it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, either: this issue, we visit a young first-home-owner couple in Brisbane, whose willingness to tackle a constrained block allowed them to build a 7.5-Star low-bills home complete with landscaped garden, all on a reasonable budget. Small-footprint rural homes in Tasmania and the Blue Mountains set the pace for off-grid living – with bushfire protection built in – and sensitive extensions to well-loved homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth improve liveability and connect occupants better to the outdoors, in one case with a roof garden.
Also in this issue: As we head into winter, energy efficiency expert Richard Keech canvases the options for the tricky job of retrofitting wall insulation. In On the drawing board, interior designer Hayley Witt contemplates the wins and challenges of truly responsible product selection, and we delve into our Green Rebuild Toolkit case studies to bring you the story of an owner-built house that survived two bushfires. Elsewhere, we look at how you can use living plants for your fencing, explore the role of local councils in the push for environmental sustainability, and bring you a Climate Resilient Homes campaign update – plus much more.
There’s plenty of evidence that connection with nature is beneficial for both mind and body. We speak to the experts about designing gardens for improved mood and wellbeing, and what we can do at home to create green spaces that give back in a therapeutic way.Read more
As well as reducing your energy bills and your carbon footprint, upgrading your home’s building envelope can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. Health researcher Dr Toby Cumming explains.Read more
While timber is a renewable resource, its harvesting is often associated with deforestation practices that are harmful to the environment. We look at the current state of sustainable timber in Australia, and how to make sure the wood you use for your build is as responsible as possible.Read more