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FEATURE | Green living
What does sustainable design mean for homes in
2013? With every new home now requiring
a minimum six-star energy rating, and as
awareness increases and sustainable products
become more widely available, sustainable design
will be more prevalent in 2013 and beyond.
What we design today will be relevant for future
generations to use and reuse.
In the past, sustainability has been considered
‘boring’. How are home designers making the
concept more appealing? Rather than focus on
sustainable building materials and products,
designers are taking a more passive approach,
focusing on the orientation of a design to maximise
passive solar design principles, often resulting
in interesting abstract cubist shapes that
complement the feel. Creative rooflines and
decorative recycled wall-cladding products are
a few of the simple ways designers are making
What current design elements and materials are
being used to combine aesthetics and functionality?
Louvred aluminium sun hoods, external
aluminium venetian blinds, natural stone to store
heat on floors in winter, and natural timber are all
very big right now, and help to reduce the need
for artificial cooling in summer months. Extensive
glazing to the northern aspect of a home creates
a home filled with natural light and reduces the
need to heat in winter. The importance of glazing,
from both an aesthetic and a practical perspective,
can often be underestimated. It gives a sense of
space while keeping your home warmer in winter.
Craig Sheiles Homes (08) 9345 4744,
The 127 Grovedale Road home uses sun hoods and large north-facing windows with Low-E
glass (which reflects more heat than normal glass) to maintain a natural warmth in winter.
ABOVE The upper-floor counter lever overhangs, and the home’s cedar cladding, Low-E
glass and well-designed gardens all enhance the cooling of the building in summer.
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