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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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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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Maintaining your kitchen and bathroom

You don’t need to resort to toxic products to maintain the surfaces in your home.

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Design frontiers: How 3D modelling puts you in the picture

As governments around the world make 3D design tools mandatory for large infrastructure projects, we investigate how local designers are already using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to get better results for green homes and renovations.

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Recycled timber: material that tells a story

Recycled timber can be a beautiful feature in a new build or renovation – but there’s quite a bit to get your head around when deciding how best to use this valuable material.

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Simple pleasures: saving energy in the smart home

Smart tech has the potential to save energy in the home – but you need to go well beyond a product’s energy-saving claims in order to really work out if the ‘smart’ solution is in fact more effective than a ‘simple’ one.

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Composting toilets can save up to 60,000 litres of water a year for an average home.