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Recent House Profiles

Shopfront revival

Architect Chris Clinton’s adaptive reuse of a 1960s bootmakers cum take-away shop is much more than an exercise in recycling.

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Happy medium

The owners of this house on Sydney’s north shore both have architectural backgrounds, but they wanted a third opinion – a potential circuit breaker – to guide their latest project.

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Recent Articles

In the city, off the grid

Spiralling energy prices, concern for climate change and general dissatisfaction with energy retailers have led to growing interest in going off the electricity grid. Energy independence, a net-zero household and no bill surprises are certainly enticing, but how realistic is it for most of us?

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Design for climate change – tropical Australia

In Far North Queensland, as everywhere, the climate is changing. Tropical design experts People Oriented Design (POD) and James Cook University cultural geographer Dr Lisa Law consider the impact on the built environment and suggest how we might create high performing energy-efficient homes to last.

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Top 5 tips for lighting design and your health

A primary consideration when designing a new home should be how to maximise the amount of natural light flowing into the space. Brightgreen lighting specialist, Courtney Johnston, looks at the most eco-friendly and healthy ways to supplement natural light during the day and illuminate your home in the evening.

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Get your sun shades on: external blinds and shading

In most climates, appropriate sun shading is as important to successful passive solar design as orientation and window placement. Anna Cumming looks at how to keep the sun out when it’s not wanted.

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