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Just a bit of a rant.

Trying to get a portable air conditioning unit for our office. And apparently there is no star rating for portable units. So you have pretty much no way of comparing different models or knowing which one will be more effective.
So frustrating and sad.
"under consideration" it says. What is there to consider???

Rant over.
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Why should you consider doing a sustainable development?

If a client comes to us and wants to do a sustainable development we get really excited. It is so important to create and build those sustainable and energy efficient homes for future generations!

The interesting thing is that building an energy efficient and sustainable development is not that hard, and does not have to cost much more than doing it the “standard “way. It’s more a question of being smart with the materials used for construction, the orientation and layout of the dwellings.
Creating homes that feel spacious and bright without being huge (quality over quantity) Spending your money on the important things that you or any future owners or tenants will never ever change, like windows and insulation. And being smart with other selections. There are quite a few areas where you can save some money without compromising on the look of the house. #buildingforthefuture #lovewhatyoudo #dowhatyoulove ow.ly/wClu30fPdrM
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Here another sneak peak of the self-sufficient home in Woolamai we are working on at the moment. Breathtaking views to Wilson's Prom. #buildingforthefuture #whataview #lovewhatyoudo ... See MoreSee Less

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Here a photo from the master bedroom in our 8.4 Star Gruen Renovation. The former 2 bedroom unit had a big bathroom, laundry and a separate toilet. We had removed the internal walls and created a third bedroom. The old frosted single glazing window has been replaced with a highly energy efficient u-pvc window. Carlos Gali Photography ... See MoreSee Less

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Here comes as 3d image from our renovation/extension project in Mount Albert.
We are adding a second storey. Removing part of the existing ground floor, in order to let more light into the house and add a rumpus room at the rear.
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Thermal mass is the ability of storing and releasing heat to help retain a constant indoor temperature. It is an effective way to improve thermal comfort in a building and plays an essential role in saving energy. Thermal mass inside a building will absorb heat when the surroundings are warmer than the mass, will store the heat and radiate it slowly when the surroundings are cooler. ... See MoreSee Less

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What an amazing week it has been. After a site visit in Heallesville earlier this week I had the pleasure to drive up to Bright yesterday. What a beautiful north facing site looking at the mountains. So excited to start working on this energy efficient family home. #whataview #dowhatyoulove #lovewhatyoudo #buildingforthefuture #gruenecodesign ... See MoreSee Less

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Another shot of our 8.4 star Gruen Renovation. This time our bathroom. We used some basic tiles. A standard IKEA vanity with an oiled timber bench top and some feature timber shelving. #renovation #bathroomdesign Carlos Gali Photography ... See MoreSee Less

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And here comes a 3d image of our renovation/extension project in Oakleigh. The small, cold and dark house will be transformed into a bright, spacious & energy efficient family home. #makingyourhomefutureproof #coveredalfresco #raked ceilings ... See MoreSee Less

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I had such a great site visit yesterday for this new highly energy efficient family home in Healesville. What a peaceful part of the world. Looking forward to get stuck into the design. #sitevisit #whataview #buildingforthefuture #passivehousedesign #designbriefmeeting Healesville, Victoria ... See MoreSee Less

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The 20/20 House Part 8 - How to put together a Design Brief for your Dream Home. The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality. Don’t think about what everyone wants. Or what real estate agents tell you what everyone wants. IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU!http://ow.ly/Nt2j30feoFz ... See MoreSee Less

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Another small update from our renovation/extension project to a heritage house in Blackburn. The concrete floor is coming up nicely. And the timber frames have arrived on site. Now the set out of the frames is about to begin and things will start to take shape soon 🙂 #polishedconcretefloor #heritagehouse #renovationextension ... See MoreSee Less

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Here another sun study for our Renovation/Extension project in Mont Albert. Love this program 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Here another shot of our 8.4 Star Gruen Renovation from Carlos Gali Photography . This time from our kitchen. For the kitchen we used simple ikea carcasses. Topped with a concrete benchtop and some nice feature timber shelving. #blackboard #highlyenergyefficientappliances ... See MoreSee Less

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On the weekend I finally managed again to visit our renovation/extension project in Bonbeach. The clients are doing the works as owner builders and have been doing such an amazing job! Good on them for sticking it out and living in a trailer on site! Can’t wait to see the finished house and especially the amazing alfresco area #7starhouse #makingYourHomeFutureProof #weatherboardhouse #doubleglazing ... See MoreSee Less

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Which window is right for you? This is really a bit of a personal choice question and depends on the look you are after as well as on your budget. Have a read through our latest blog. #energyefficientwindowdesign #doubleglazingalltheway ow.ly/gIwz30fhULj ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you renovating or building and looking for environmentally friendly options? Thinking about solar power or solar hot water? Redesigning your garden or wanting to create a rooftop garden? Get advice and tips from Australia’s leading green architects and experts on energy efficient products, solar, green roofs and more at Speed Date a Sustainable Expert. Gruen Eco Design will be again at the next speed dating event in Sandringham! This week Sunday, 24th of September. We hope to see you there. #ata #speedateasustainabilityexpert ow.ly/RPen30flzR5 ... See MoreSee Less

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And here comes a first glimpse at this new family home in Ringwood North. We are planning to use strawbale for the walls and are currently exploring the option to use either mudbrick or hempcrete as feature walls. Exciting times ahead. #strawbale #strawbalehouse #energyefficiency #hempcrete #hempcretefeaturewall #passivesolardesign #lowcarbonfootprint #gruenecodesign roundme.com/tour/196617/view/523664/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The 20/20 House

The 20/20 House – Part 1

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality. My partner and I are planning to build an affordable energy efficient house for our family. So I thought I take this opportunity to write about all the things we...

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Sustainable Design blog

How to Select Window Frames?

    We previously talked about the orientation of windows, shading and size of windows. We’ve also talked about the performance of windows. Remember, the lower the u-value the better. When it comes to choosing window frames there are few factors that...

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Winter heat loss through Windows

Winter heat loss Unprotected glazing and single glazing in particular means the surface of the glass is noticeable colder than the warm air in the room. This lowers the room temperature and produces draughts. The Relative Air Velocity ends up too high and occupants...

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How to Install Insulation

How to Install Insulation Insulation needs to be installed with careful attention to detail, as inappropriate or incorrect application will crucially decrease performance. For instance, failure to butt all ends and edges of batts to give a snug fit could mean that...

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