Sanctuary Issue 58
Jiri Lev’s diminutive family cottage in northern Tasmania uses locally sourced, natural and raw materials and is a blueprint for affordable housing.
Small by design
Josie and Brendon’s off-grid house in central Victoria is deliberately small, simple and sustainable.
Fitting the bill
In subtropical Rockhampton, this family are enjoying their sustainable, low-maintenance home built on a tight budget.
Simple, prefabricated construction and careful design enabled a spacious-feeling and high-performing home on a seriously tiny Perth site.
Compact and crafted
Taking cues from Japanese architecture, Condon Scott Architects crafted a compact small-footprint home in Wanaka, New Zealand.
You little beauty
With a footprint of just 35 square metres, this renovated terrace in Sydney’s inner west provides a light and quiet sanctuary, with leafy outlooks and entertaining spaces that belie its size.
After visiting many uninspiring and poorly built apartments, Brisbane first home buyer Hugo Salmon found a house just waiting for a transformation and a new life.
Ideas & advice
Can we afford it? The rising cost of building in Australia
What does it cost to build a house in Australia these days? What factors are at play, and what’s the most affordable way? We talk to three experts.
Sustainability in the mix: The latest in eco-concrete
Concrete is a beloved building material with a shockingly high embodied carbon footprint. Dick Clarke looks at the problem and some of the latest solutions.
Eco-concrete case studies
Cement replacement, geopolymer concrete and recycled components: these three homeowners made a greener choice for their concrete slabs.
Join, act, impact: Renew’s branches making a difference
Renew’s network of volunteer branches provides an avenue for people to take practical action in their local community to address the global climate emergency.
On the drawing board: Pathway to carbon zero
The team at Positive Footprints tell the story behind their Carbon Zero Homes series.
Design Workshop: Making a small space work harder
Small space expert Kate Shepherd helps a young Canberra couple make the most of their diminutive but beloved apartment.
Pocket forests: Urban microforests gaining ground
Often no bigger than a tennis court, microforests help establish cool urban microclimates, provide wildlife habitat and focus community connection. Mara Ripani goes exploring.
Climate Resilient Homes campaign update: Polling power
Australian voters are set to go to the polls. What might the upcoming federal election have in store for the sustainability of our homes?