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Here comes a little 3d rendering from our renovation/extension project in Blackburn. We are adding a modern double storey extension to the house. We’re currently working towards a building permit #polishedconcretefloor #inslabheating #multigenerationalliving ... See MoreSee Less

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Phew. Handwriting Christmas 🎄cards is hard work. But so much nicer than just getting something printed or to send cards online 😂 half way there.... just need a little coffee ☕️ break. #merrychristmas #cantbelieveitschristmasnextweek ... See MoreSee Less

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I am really excited to now be a member of the Australian Passive House Association 🙂 Please don't hestiate to get in touch with me if you are interested in the Passive House standards and how it can be applied to your home. ow.ly/x6m830haowb ... See MoreSee Less

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Here comes another 3D image from our 2 unit project in Eltham. The highly energy efficient homes will be build using SIPS (structural insulated panels) by Fenster & Panel we are currently working on the construction drawings and are hoping to start construction early next year. Although the 2 homes will use the same construction materials, they will look completely different. Unit one is a more traditional style home, with wearherboards and a gables roof, including a roofed verandah. Whereas the second home will have a much more modern appearance. With feature timber cladding, dark grey metal cladding, a green roof on the garage and a sleek single pitch roof. ... See MoreSee Less

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In Australia, energy rating assessments are done pre-construction, assuming competent application of all insulation and building materials as well as draught sealing all wall penetrations.
In Europe, energy efficiency is most often assessed or checked post construction, with special attention to the prevention of thermal bridges. Some countries require airtight buildings, and amongst other things, double glazing, solar energy for hot water and heating systems, the usage of storm water, greywater recycling, recycled materials and product life cycle considerations to minimise energy demand and carbon footprint.

The Passive House Standard is also a way that looks at the actual building, rather than just a theoretical assessment.
If you want to know more about how to make your home more energy efficient or if you are interested in the passive house standard please don't hesitate to contact me. Would love to tell you more all about it

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The upper level cladding has been installed. The brick boundary wall is in. The new cross over has been poured. And down pipes and gutters are in. All ready now for the installation of the insulation. When installing insulation make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing. Sadly even a lot of insulation installers have not a glue at all and insulation is installed with gaps everywhere. We are using the crew from Eco Mad, to make sure the insulation is installed correctly🏠#constructionupdate 🏠 ... See MoreSee Less

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Here comes another 3D rendering from our 2 unit development in Eltham. We are building two highly energy efficient residences, using SIPS (Structural insulated panels) for the walls and the roof. We’re currently working on the construction drawings. So hopefully construction will start early in the new year. #sips #buildingforthefuture ... See MoreSee Less

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I often get asked why all our homes look so different. Or what our style is.
Well, the answer is quite simple. We do specialise on energy efficient and sustainable homes, not a certain design style or look.

The things that define a sustainable and energy efficient home don’t have much to do with the look of the house. The main thing is that the house needs to be well insulated. You need high performing windows. Thermal bridges and air-leakage need to be minimised. Ideally the house should have some thermal mass. And you should have good solar access. These are the main things. What kind of roof form you have, or what cladding or wall finish you use is up to your personal taste. #designflexibility #buildingforthefuture

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Check out our guest post/blog on "Double Glazing Australia' website. This is such a great resource about double glazing. If you haven't seen this yet. Please check it out! And read our post: Good Window Design & The Importance of Double Glazing
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Do all sustainable homes need to look the same?

What does define a sustainable and energy efficient home? Do they all have to have the same features, in order to be energy efficient? The simple answer is: NO, not at all. No matter if you are building a French provincial home, a period home or an ultra-modern home. The actual look of the house does not define its energy efficiency #buildingforthefuture #designflexibility ow.ly/BTqD30gdmA5
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Here another quick update from our sips (Structural insulated panel) home in Burwood. We are still working on the epic retaining walls. Not really that much fun tough working in the boiling sun without any shade 😬#sips #buildingforthefuture sips by Fenster & Panel ... See MoreSee Less

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Here another photo from our 8.4 Star Gruen Renovation in Vermont. This time again our study/guest bedroom. The artwork on the wall shows a little photo collage from some of the countries that have influenced as most.
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Here a 3d image of our small renovation project in Carlton North. We are doing energy efficiency upgrades and quite some repairs to this heritage home. We had to apply for a town planning permit, due to changes to the roof, slight changes to some windows and the addition of solar panels. We are currently waiting on the planning permit. Hopefully not long now. ... See MoreSee Less

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Here comes a little video from a 2 unit development in Eltham we are currently working on. The homes will be highly energy efficient ; using Sips - structural insulated panels - for the walls and the roofs. And of course double glazed windows sips by😊@fensterandpanel ... See MoreSee Less

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Don’t forget to enter our competition to win this inspiring book! ... See MoreSee Less

Competition time: Tell us why you like tiny homes! Or maybe why you could not live in one 😂😃 Share with your friends and like our page to go in the draw to win this inspiring book by Catherine Foster. Competition closes 15th of December at 8pm Eastern Australian standard time. Perfect timing for a last minute Christmas present 🎁 #competition #competitiontime

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Our company mission is to help others to live a more sustainable life. And we believe living in a sustainable home can and must be affordable for everyone!
Because of that we are a huge fan of SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and use them on a lot of our projects.

For those of you who haven’t come across this type of construction. These prefabricated panels compromise a FSC certified OSB3 board on either side and have a highly compressed insulation internally. The panels are load bearing and can be used for exterior walls, roofs, floors and also internal walls. The panels can come as big as an entire wall, complete with all window and door openings.

And really important to know: the house can look any way you want it. You can use any kind of material to finish your house; like render, any kind of cladding, timber, metal cladding, brick or stone, there are no limitations. Same goes for the actual build form. No matter if you are after a traditional or an ultra-modern home.

But what is so special on those panels you might ask? #sips #structuralinsulatedpanels #buildingforthefuture
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The 20/20 House

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.

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

Have a read through our latest blogs about sustainable design

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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