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9 hours ago

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When designing and building your home the landscape design and the garden is often the last thing on the list and more often than not there isn’t much money left at the end of the build. We ourselves ended up in the same trap with our current house/unit. Over the first few years we put all our effort and money into the renovation of our house. While the garden turned into a little overgrown jungle, with little to no room to move and definitely not a nice place to be in. Have a read through my latest blog post to get a bit of an inside on what things you should consider. ow.ly/Pe4r30jjcO5 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

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Very excited for this upcoming event 😊☀️
Who is coming? 🙋‍♀️SOLAR POWERED SHORT TALKS STAGE.
Super awesome schedule now set - offgridlivingfestival.com.au/short-talks2019/

Saturday festival - FREE talks all day with amazing professionals from a range of areas - sustainable architecture and building, bee-centered bee-keepers and off-grid gurus.
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3 days ago

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Here comes a construction update from our small renovation/extension project in Templestove Lower.
The clients had originally started the design process with another designer. Who had come up with a nice big extension, that turned out way too expensive.
So in came we. And with just some minimal changes to the footprint of the house we were able to give the clients all that they needed.

The current entry has been converted to a bedroom. We are redoing the carport and adding a new entry area at the side of the house.
We are also adding a tiny kitchen extension, onto the balcony. To create a bigger and more functional kitchen.
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4 days ago

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Wanting to improve your home but don’t know where to start or how far your money will stretch?
Our experienced designer Simone Schenkel shares her tips for sustainable renovations with a starting budget of $10,000 through to
$350,000-plus in the latest issue of the Sanctuary Magazine.

Read the full article here. ow.ly/ecuG50nawU4
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5 days ago

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#Quoteoftheweek 🙏🙈✅☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
The root of all goodness lies in the soil of appreciation!

How amazing are these reusable shopping bags, from Boomerang Bag (with kindness quote) made out of recycled fabric?

Volunteers from all walks of life get together to collect pre-loved fabric, and turn it into reusable bags which are then circulated into the wider community.
What a great initiative!

Boomerang Bags #reducereuserecycle
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6 days ago

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And yet another image from our Sips home in Baxter. Looking towards the kitchen. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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#FreePdfGuide# #NoBillsHome #freedom How can you get a guaranteed performance? How can you make sure you build a home that will really have no bills?

You might have heard people talking about the current 6 star standard, or even people talking about 8 or 9 star homes.

However, the difficulty is that these are theoretical ratings on paper and often have little or nothing to do with the actual performance of a house.

There are no compliance checks of the performance of the build house in place at all. Tests have shown that sadly a lot of those so called 6 star houses are still really draughty and cold, rather performing like 2 or 3 star homes, meaning you still have high energy bills.

The solution is actually not that hard. And building a home that won’t need any heating or cooling does not need to cost that much more than building a standard custom designed home.

Click on the below link to secure your free 11 page guide that tells you all about the one and only thing you need to know.
The Passive House Standard
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2 weeks ago

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It’s now over a week since the finale of the #MelbourneIceBoxChallenge, an intense but exciting 12 days that saw some serious summer heat - reinforcing the connection between our extreme temperatures and the resilience of our living and working environments.

Despite the high temperatures, hundreds of visitors during busy market times meant our fantastic volunteers were engaged in many thought-provoking conversations about our building standards and comparing the ice in the boxes offered a very engaging way to clearly demonstrate the difference between Passive House (PH) and the National Construction Code (NCC).

Temperature sensors were placed inside and outside both boxes. The maximum recorded outside temperature during the competition was 39.8 degrees C! Inside the Passive House box was consistently at least 10 deg C cooler than outdoors, whereas the building code box was rarely more than 5 deg C cooler than outdoors.

After 8 days the ice in the building code box had completely melted, and after the full 12 days had passed the Passive House box still had a huge143 kgs remaining – delivering on the aim of displaying the great design and construction of the Passive House Standard, through superior insulation, high performance windows, attention to the construction details and an air tight membrane.

A huge thanks to our sponsors Carbonlite, Pro Clima, Craftsman Quality Builders, Fantech, Passive House Services, Envirotecture, Ultimate Windows, and G-Lux Builders for all their support.

And heartfelt thanks to our dedicated volunteer team who worked tirelessly to make the event such a great success, and to QVM for their fantastic support

Further Icebox Challenges in more Australian locations are planned, continuing to engage and inform the community, and clearly highlighting the gap between minimum building standards and what is possible with Passive House.
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2 weeks ago

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Don't miss the latest issue from the Sanctuary magazine.

And read the article from our very own Simone Schenkel:
Renovate on any budget
Where she shares her tips for sustainable renovations with a starting budget of $10,000 through to $350,000-plus.Sanctuary 46 is here! It's our retrofit issue, in which we investigate how you can renovate on any budget, from as low as $10,000. With evidence even small, low-budget interventions can transform the health and comfort of a dwelling, we travel far and wide to present great designs that improve even the most standard Australian home.

Find out how a classic brick veneer house is upgraded from 1 to 7 Stars; a damp terrace is renovated to be ready for the 21st Century climate; and - on our cover - explore a ‘scavenger house’ fashioned from found materials, designed by Eerkes Architects and photographed by Benjamin Benschneider.

We also look at the rules of engagement for food foraging, flexible house design, and the joys and challenges of shared back yards. And look out for our new ‘Lessons Learnt’ initiative, where we revisit our favourite feature-homes from past issues to see how they’re performing.

Read more: renew.org.au/sanctuary-magazine/news/sanctuary-46-renovate-on-any-budget/

Grab a copy from today in newsagents or postage-free from our webshop: shop.ata.org.au/shop/sanctuary-issue-46
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2 weeks ago

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#Quoteoftheweek 🙏🙈✅☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
CHOOSE KINDNESS!

How amazing are these reusable shopping bags, from Boomerang Bag (with kindness quote) made out of recycled fabric?

Volunteers from all walks of life get together to collect pre-loved fabric, and turn it into reusable bags which are then circulated into the wider community.
What a great initiative!

Boomerang Bags #reducereuserecycle
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2 weeks ago

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Here a little throwback to our renovation /extension project in Blackburn.
I really do love the kitchen
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3 weeks ago

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And another image from our Hampton style residence in Blackburn North.
We are still fine tuning the colour scheme with the clients, while we continue to work on the construction drawings.
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3 weeks ago

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Contractor required: Experienced Revit Draftsperson

This is a great opportunity for an experienced building designer / draftsperson who is as passionate about sustainable design as we are to join our Gruen Eco Design family.

We need help on a range of diverse projects from small renovations and energy efficiency upgrades, extensions, new homes and town houses to certified passive homes.

Join our young, friendly and highly collaborate office culture that encourages work/life balance and supports training and personal development opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

strong background in design and documenting with a keen eye for detail along with a passion for sustainability and great design skills
work in collaboration with our director and the other team members
efficient and effective creation of accurate design and documentation for clients, consultants and builders
ensuring all projects are delivered on time and budge
good communicator
organized, and able to prioritise and re-prioritise
ABOUT GRUEN ECO DESIGN

Gruen Eco Design is young, dynamic an award-winning design practice based in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs.

We are passionate about sustainable design; because we believe sustainable design can and must be affordable for everyone and as a matter of course should be integrated naturally throughout the whole design process, rather than designing something and trying to make it sustainable later.

We pride ourselves on providing a unique design service to create a truly energy efficient and sustainable homes for future generations.

Read requirements and how to apply here.
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3 weeks ago

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#Quoteoftheweek 🙏🙈✅☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
Our life is fritted away by detail...
SIMPLICITY
SIMPLICITY

How amazing are these reusable shopping bags, from Boomerang Bag (with kindness quote) made out of recycled fabric?

Volunteers from all walks of life get together to collect pre-loved fabric, and turn it into reusable bags which are then circulated into the wider community.
What a great initiative!

Boomerang Bags #reducereuserecycle
... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Here comes and update from our sips house in Baxter. The clients are doing such a great job. Now that the builder has finished they are managing the job themselves and doing a lot of the hard work themselves.
It's really not as easy to be an owners builder.

Isn't it looking great?
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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 for 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 would take this opportunity to write about all the things...

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