Passive design

Beyond brilliant

A narrow, dark, cold Northcote terrace gets a light, bright rethink, connecting it to the world beyond and allowing a young family to stay in their close-knit community.

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Inspired by nature

This WA family set out to build the most sustainable, natural and comfortable home they could afford, and they left no stone unturned to achieve a comfortable 9.4 Star house.

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Budget beauty

Emma Hohnen wanted a modest home for herself and her two children on a tiny budget in an even smaller timeframe. The restrictions led to the creation of a light, airy, character-filled space tailored exactly to her needs.

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New angles: sustainable renovation

Most architects and building designers want to design their own home at some stage in their career. For Matthew Duignan, from Mesh Design + Projects, a perfectly orientated but dilapidated weatehrboard meant opportunity beckoned sooner than expected.

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Make do and mend: passive solar upgrades

Some house types are better suited to passive solar upgrades than others, but all can be made more energy efficient. Emily Braham speaks to sustainable design experts to help you maximise your renovation’s potential.

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Clinker Classic: Sustainable renovation

An original Housing Commission semi gets an ambitious sustainable renovation makeover, earning plaudits in the process.

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Sydney terrace reborn

Architect Caroline Pidcock has lovingly restored her historic Sydney terrace to the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Heritage renovation done well

Architect Anna Lindstad’s passive solar transformation of her inner-Melbourne corner shop is cited as an example of heritage renovation done well, but its success came with a fight.

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