Sanctuary Issue 44

Issue highlights

  • Australian design special: Step inside our most sustainable homes!
  • Sustainable House Day 2018 preview
  • Climate-ready designs
  • Cradle-to-cradle construction
  • A benchmark for above-garage development
  • Get great results with a tight budget, poorly oriented site
  • Tiny homes, big community – inside the tiny house movement
  • Costing bushfire design
  • Get the most from a house energy rating

Issue content

House profiles:

Granny flat upcycle

A studio is seamlessly linked to the main house to form a functional, generous family home.

Future focused

An owner-builder creates something extraordinary made of strawbale, recycled tyres, earth and five-metre-high cob walls.

Multi-layered living

Stylishly renovated, a worker’s cottage now stays cool through the intense heat of Brisbane’s summer.

At home in the country

Passive House techniques are used to keep the weather out on a wild and windy site.

Sitting pretty

A sustainable addition to a period home respects the original building, the neighbours and the wider urban context.

A better way up

A laneway dwelling in inner Sydney becomes a benchmark for above-garage developments.

Bold experiment

Designer Mark Clayton sets out to prove he can achieve great results on a tight budget and poorly oriented house site.

Cradle to cradle

The Recyclable House reaches the next level of sustainability by using cradle-to-cradle products and design.

Shedding light

Downsizing to a backyard ‘shed’ on Sydney’s North Shore is easy when it’s passive solar designed, rates 8.8 Stars and is flooded with natural light.

Design features:

Tiny homes, big community

The movement to build tiny houses on wheels continues to gather momentum, and we’re excited that so many are throwing open their doors this year for Sustainable House Day!

Find your tribe

Home Base’s Megan Waru explains how to get started as an owner-builder and why like-minded support networks are the key to success.

Window of opportunity: Reducing bushfire design costs

Almost a decade since Black Saturday, Dick Clarke outlines his experiences with the Bushfire Attack Level regulations, and suggests ways to improve their workability.

Star-stuck? How to get the most from house energy ratings

Erika Bartak explains the way ratings work in practice and how to interpret their documentation.

Fair dinkum wood

CERES Fair Wood is linking those seeking ecologically sustainable timber with local farm foresters and salvage sawmillers. Sarah Coles gets the low-down on this brand new building product.

Grass is green

With spring in the air, we ask Diggers Club veteran Keith Edwards to consider the pros and cons of lawn for a sustainable garden.