Sustainable architecture

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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Tropical connection

Designed to provide ample shade, cooling breezes and a seamless connection to the outdoors, this Cairns home is perfectly adapted to the tropics.

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Building the ‘missing middle’

This compact three-unit development on a very small lot near Fremantle focuses on balancing community, sustainability and affordability.

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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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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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Tassie off-grid

Going off the grid in preparation for retirement is a dream for many and a reality for Peter and Robyn Tuft who run their house and car from a solar and micro-hydro power system.

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Hempcrete house

Building with hemp is still a novelty in Australia, but interest continues to grow. This house in inner-Sydney is built using hempcrete for its low embodied energy and excellent acoustic and thermal performance.

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Green granny flats and studios: 10 of the best

As cities sprawl and become less affordable for many residents, the suburbs are seeing the rise of self-contained studios and granny flats. We look at the changing regulations controlling these small ‘secondary dwellings’ and feature 10 sustainable designs that are striking the right balance between urban infill, amenity and precious urban vegetation.

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