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.
Living close to a vibrant community with local produce, community gardens, well maintained bikeways and walkways helps reduce the costs of transport and is great for your health too!
Good prefab design can provide high-quality buildings, to budget and on time so a prefab solution for their renovation was just the ticket for this Melbourne family.
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.
This wonderful holiday house was designed for a semi-retired couple but can accommodate their extended family when visiting. Compactness has been achieved by carefully designing space with multiple uses and clever storage solutions.
Using juniper, orange and fennel. The fresh combination of sweet and complex flavours in this recipe delivers a perfect summer savoury experience.
Using white cabbage, carrot and turmeric. Cultured foods (also known as cultured, naturally fermented, fermented and pickled) not only taste fabulous they add interest to meals as condiments and assist healthy digestion.
Perfect with steamed fish, potatoes and salads. This recipe is little bit of work in the beginning but it’s well worth it!
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.