Issue 38

Natural pools in depth

Natural pools are designed to minimise the environmental impact of backyard bathing, and are aesthetically beautiful too. With hundreds of these systems now installed in Australia, we find out how they work.

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Design workshop: Passive solar strawbale

Leaving their busy city lives behind them, Lisa and Shawn are planning an energy-efficient strawbale …

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Grass is greener

Part of our Common Ground feature on sustainable and liveable strata, this Melbourne apartment block’s residents banded together to install an extensive green roof, with many benefits.

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Straight from the garden

A hard-working kitchen in a home with a permaculture garden in inner-urban Melbourne has been transformed for greater purpose and usability; it’s part of our Greener Kitchens & Bathrooms special.

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Shades of green

The water, energy, materials and landscaping concepts used in this extensive restoration and addition to a heritage dwelling in St Kilda demonstrate a new approach to sustainable inner city living. It’s part of our Greener Kitchens & Bathrooms special.

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Lofty ideals

This modest extension showcases not only passive solar design but also well-researched eco-friendly materials, some of them still experimental.

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Recycled house

A Sydney semi is renovated using a palette of sustainably sourced materials and bricks and timber salvaged from the original house.

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How to avoid common sustainable design mistakes

Making mistakes in a building project can cost time and money, and leave you well short of the energy-efficient home you planned for. Verity Campbell asks four experienced designers about their top tips for avoiding the most common pitfalls.

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Did You Know?

Up to 60 per cent of the water used in an average home is used outside.