Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when you want to create a home that will deliver health, efficiency, comfort and connection to your local community. So we’ve put it all together for you. It’s called The 17 Things™.
Passive building design is an aspect of good building design. There are seven key elements which can be used to design homes that are naturally heated and cooled and therefore require minimal mechanical heating or cooling.
General climate classifications can be a great place to start to help you understand the bigger picture of your home’s location and which specific climate appropriate design features to include.
The Girasole House in Canberra is pushing boundaries of what’ is possible in home design and passive orientation. Operated by a touch screen panel, the home can fully rotate in less than 10 minutes so you can rotate with the sun.
This family found a classic “Sydney School” designed house with a great north orientation, beautiful bush setting and good bones then set about improving their little piece of paradise.
Meet architect Caroline Pidcock and her design for an old terrace renovation in Petersham. The extension is filled with light and comfortable spaces for the family.
With gremolata and mashed potato. This wonderful winter dish is incredibly easy to prepare. It cooks away in gentle heat until it becomes a delectable source of flavour and nutrition.
With toasted millet, corn, chestnuts, walnuts and ginger. Autumn is for getting cosy and this dish delivers cosy beautifully. Sweet nugget pumpkins filled with a delicious millet stuffing.
With figs and macadamia nuts. This recipe is very adaptable: you can vary the type of pears, the fruit to fill and the nuts for a range of taste and textural experiences.
Want to slice 10% off your energy bill? Turn heating off half an hour before going to go to bed or leaving the house and you won’t notice the house cooling. Includes How-To video.
You probably spend a lot of time in your living room, so it’s the best place to start making your home more comfortable
The kitchen is home to one of the house’s biggest energy guzzlers – the fridge – but simple actions can keep energy use down.