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Concrete is one of the most sustainable building
materials. It’s made mostly of limestone – the most
abundant mineral on earth – with minimal waste,
incredible durability, and high energy efficiency
(because it can absorb and retain heat). The
brief for this New South Wales home was ‘raw’,
translated in the unfinished concrete featured
throughout. With a natural, timeless appearance
and lifespan, the concrete is a feature rather than
just part of the interior structure. It’s not limited
to traditional walls or floors – benchtops, sinks,
fireplaces and outdoor furniture can also be
made of concrete, adding warmth (literally) and
character to your home.
Double Bay House by Level Orange Architects,
Choosing low-VOC finishes and paints contributes to a cleaner, safer environment. VOC is short for
volatile organic compounds, which are chemical compounds that contribute to air pollution.
By Australian standards, ‘low odour’ or ‘low environmental impact’ wet paint must contain no more
than 5g/L of VOCs. Indoor paints must be under 20g/L. High-VOC paints contain 80-100g/L.
On a secluded hill in the northern New South Wales, this home features thoughtful low-VOC finishes.
Additionally, because sustainability was key, all materials used are non-toxic. Rainwater harvesting
provides 100 per cent of all water requirements.
Killen Falls House by Jackson Lane, jacksonlane.com .au .
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