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Feature | Green houses
Heating and cooling are the primary sources of energy consumption in
Australian households – greater than water heating, lighting and cooking
combined. One option to reduce your energy costs year-round is through
passive solar design – including fitting your windows with operable
louvres. They block out the heat in summer and trap warmth during winter.
Aluminium, the common material for manufacture of louvres, can also be
recycled repeatedly without any effect on its quality. Plus, recovery from
aluminium scrap uses only five per cent of the energy required to originally
extract it, so greenhouse emissions are reduced. In this New South Wales
home, aluminium louvres are a key feature of the external design. They wrap
around the home in a functional yet aesthetic way. The additional benefits
of these louvres include noise reduction, extra privacy, lower upkeep than
timber shutters and being a visible deterrent to potential intruders.
Gordons Bay House by Luigi Rosselli Architects, luigirosselli.com .
A small living space naturally means a smaller area to supply energy for. Cut
your costs and carbon footprint with a house or apartment that is small in size
but big in possibilities. This 38sqm apartment in Sydney won for Residential
Design at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards. The brief involved the
redesign of an existing one-bedroom apartment to suit a couple with a young
child. Clever storage solutions, simple design and clean materials were crucial
to make the small living space both habitable and beautiful.
Potts Point Apartment by Anthony Gill Architects, gillarchitects.com .au .
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