Issue 40

City cornucopia

Increasing wellbeing and connection to nature, reducing food miles to food metres, and turning waste streams into resources: it’s increasingly clear that urban agriculture is a vital ingredient for sustainable cities.

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Many happy returns: 21 years of solar

Stuart McQuire and Wendy Orams were second in Australia to install a grid-connected rooftop PV system and haven’t paid an electricity bill since 1996. Twenty-one years on, they speak to Kulja Coulston about their unflagging commitment to sustainability, and the solar snowball they helped start rolling.

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A home for life

Metro Melbourne’s first certified Passive House is throwing open its doors for Sustainable House Day 2017 to show that high performance housing can be achieved on a tight budget.

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Home with heart

Featuring an effective passive solar design, salvaged and recycled materials, and an innovative whole-block water harvesting system, this little owner-built home provides a comfortable base for a young Canberra family. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Ultimate payoff

A concerted effort by dedicated clients and their committed design and build team has pushed the envelope on this super-efficient 9.8 Star house near Canberra. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Sailing on land

A limestone ‘labour of love’ embraces advanced sustainable design and technology yet appears to have always been part of its historic Fremantle neighbourhood. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Strawbale in the suburbs

Cosy and gas-free! This Adelaide household even runs its electric car from a solar + battery system, plus has roofspace set aside for future neighbourhood energy projects. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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Green jewel

A subtropical renovation has not only connected a New Farm house with its lush garden but cleverly converted a rarely used swimming pool into a hydronic heating/cooling system. Open for Sustainable House Day 2017.

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