Green buildings


Always learning...

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Our editor Emma says there's loads of knowledge to be gained from the experts we spoke to in the new April/May issue.


An energy-positive home

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Marc Bernstein talks us through the Melbourne Design Studios’ 10 Star PassivHaus, a new house he helped design that generates more energy than it uses.


Sustainable homes for Earth

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Looking like something Tolkein’s hobbits would reside in, the quirky Earthship homes are in fact some of the greenest kinds of abodes around.


Ask G: White roofs

Monday, 20 August 2012

Tanya Ha tackles your eco-questions and finds out if we should be painting our roofs white on top?

HIA BuildGreen Expo

HIA Build Green

31 May - 3 June (Sydney), & 16 - 19 August (Melbourne), 2012

Power prices are expected to double within the next five years, and water charges too are forecast to increase substantially. The HIA BuildGreen Expo brings together over 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends in green renovation, building, furnishing, home improvements, and outdoor living. Visit the expo to discover new products and services to retro-fit your existing home or build a new “green” home. Learn how you can save hundreds off your water and electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Discover sustainable building, green renovations, water saving devices and energy saving appliances. Running twice a year alongside the Herald Sun home Show in Melbourne and the Sydney HIA Home Show, the HIA BuildGreen Expo has everything you need to give your home a 6-star energy rating!

G has 20 double passes to give away to the Melbourne event in August! Just email us your best tip for greening your home to by Monday 13th August.

Where: Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Door 5, 2 Clarendon Street, Southbank, Melbourne.
When: 10am - 7pm, 31 May - 3 June (Sydney); & 10am – 6pm (except Friday 17 until 9pm) 16 - 19 August (Melbourne), 2012.
Cost: Sydney show: $14 general admission ($18 at show), $14 concession ($15 at show), kids under 18 free. **SPECIAL OFFER FOR G MAGAZINE READERS: Buy online and quote code "G-Mag" to buy a half price ticket for the Sydney and Melbourne shows! Click here to purchase.
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Houses built of zero carbon

Friday, 17 February 2012

Australia will have to upgrade its building standards to allow more zero carbon houses to be built. Zero carbon houses produce big costs savings in energy and people are prepared to pay for that.


Absolutely prefabulous

Monday, 2 January 2012

Gone are the days of dreary, mass-produced prefabricated housing. Today's factory-built homes are modern, cost effective and environment-friendly.


Eco apartments

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Urban designer Jeremy McLeod says that building green apartments isn’t just about materials. He talks with G about the design of The Commons, an eight energy star rated apartment in Melbourne, and shares his five main tips.

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Biomimicry course - South Africa

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Claire Janisch who heads up South Africa's Biomimicry hub will show participants organisms that can provide us with innovative and progressive solutions to the design, engineering and other challenges that we now face: energy, food production, climate control, benign chemistry, transportation, packaging, and more. The vision is to create new ways of living through products, processes, organisations and policies that are well-adapted to life on Earth over the long haul.

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The business case for green buildings

Friday, 12 June 2009

The evidence suggests that owners of green buildings can charge higher rents. The value of green buildings is also higher when they are put on the market. Despite the various risks, green buildings are worth developing, not just for the environment but for profit.

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