Issue 39

Right to light: solar access and the law

Australia’s legal regimes don’t explicitly protect solar access for solar panels or passive solar designed buildings. But, as more households fight through the courts for their right to light, there are important precedents being set across the country.

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Reviving the art of repair

It’s often cheaper and easier to throw products out than fix them, a reality Michelle Fisher and the Repair Café movement is trying to turn around, one broken mobile phone, record player or pair of shoes at a time.

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Sanctuary 39 out now

Designed as a student project for an international green building competition, this reimagined Kiwi ‘bach’ has found its permanent place on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s part of a ‘Shacks & Studios’ special in this issue: five great builds under 75 square metres.

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The ideal unwind

A prefabricated, modular design was found to be the most practical way for a Melbourne couple to build 130 kilometres away on a Central Victorian bush block.

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Sky farm studio

With health driving the brief, a distinctive studio-home in rural New South Wales prioritises non-toxic materials and brims with beautiful natural features.

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Many greywater systems are low-cost, easy to use and can feed your garden with a regular supply of water.