Sanctuary 37 out now
Stunning coastal views make sunrise worth waking up for! This farmhouse designed by Lai Cheong Brown and built by Ecoliv is the cover feature for Sanctuary 37. It’s a prefab project which uses a modular design and is fully off-grid.
We range far and wide in this issue of Sanctuary to take you inside some of the most fascinating sustainable building projects in Australia and New Zealand. And they couldn’t be more different.
Our new associate editor Anna Cumming visits the striking 13-unit Artisan Apartments project which achieves an 8.6 Star energy rating and provides superior comfort, abundant open space and low energy bills for residents. The designer has already won multiple awards and we hope the accolades lead to equivalent developments getting community and planning support.
Our ‘design on display’ feature takes us to three sustainable houses that are regularly open to visitors. Classic display homes have been around for decades, but we are seeing something new emerging here. A prototype Tiny House in Brisbane opens for special events and the NEAThouse in Hobart is connecting locals with sustainable material suppliers. And hundreds of people have already been through the latest 8.2 Star display house at The Cape in Victoria – if you head down this summer, make sure you check out the estate’s extensive community garden!
We keep hearing from design experts who have recently visited prefabricated housing factories in Germany that prefab is the future for building here too, and if they’re right the future has already arrived for some. We check out two very different prefab projects: the renovation of a heritage-style house in Melbourne that has used SIPs (structural insulated panels) for the rear addition, with impressive results; and we tell the story of an astounding modular prefab home on French Island, Victoria (design Lai Cheong Brown, builder Ecoliv). It wasn’t just me that needed to catch a ferry there to visit – this off-grid house itself needed to travel by water.
We’re always asked for more design tips and landscaping features and this issue is packed with ideas. From using concrete slabs and incorporating clever storage in your home, through to future-proofing and green facades, we hope you find some exciting ideas for what you’d like to do this summer.
Sanctuary 37 is on its way to letterboxes and newsagencies near you, full of advice and inspiration for sustainable living and building.
And as always we feature a wide range of innovative sustainable products and design tips for your home.
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