Australia is renowned for its large, leaky houses that are freezing in winter and baking hot during summer heatwaves. As a result, many people are paying a high price for this legacy of poor building quality through their energy bills.
The good news, however, is that more of us are realising that spending a little money up-front to lift the energy efficiency of a home can mean thousands of dollars in bill savings every year. The economics are truly compelling.
There’s the stylish worker’s cottage renovation in Brisbane, the owner-builder strawbale project in the Blue Mountains of NSW, the unusual ‘recyclable’ house in western Victoria, the stunning Passive house home in Albany, WA, and a benchmark studio laneway dwelling in inner Sydney.
Don’t miss the opportunity to step inside the more than 200 houses on show across Australia this year on Sustainable House Day. Speaking to homeowners and designers who have chosen to go above and beyond will give you great ideas and insights into what’s possible for your next project.
And there’s more in the latest issue of Sanctuary: Dick Clarke reflects on the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) regulations ahead of the 10-year anniversary of Black Saturday; we introduce you to a brand new timber product that’s using a localised ‘chain of custody’ approach; and Verity Campbell reports on the flourishing Tiny House movement.