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Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Researchers warn 'Treeless' Suburbs Put People's Health at Risk

Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.

A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»


Aussie Team Wins 2013 International Solar Decathlon

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, INSULATION, Renovate or Die, Renovation News, STANDOUT, Technology | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Aussie Team Wins 2013 International Solar Decathlon

Aussie Team Wins International Solar Declathon

A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.

It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.

The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»


Back to the Future! DesignLibero’s Green Wheel

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, Renovate or Die | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Back to the Future-DesignLibero's Green WheelThe 80s wasn’t all shoulder pads, big hair and Culture Club! The decade that gave us  Glasnost, Tiananmen Square and the Czech’s Velvet Revolution also gave us Microsoft Windows, Apple, HDTV, Digital Cellular Phones, Cabbage Patch Kids and Prozac.

If NASA hadn’t been so busy with the Space Shuttle, they may have continued on the path to inventing a system for growing edible plants in space, on a rotating wheel perhaps?

Although the NASA thought of a Rotary Hydroponic System never came to fruition – NASA opted for plantgrow technology like the WARP10 LED lighting and flat-bed systems, rather than a wheel – an Italian design team has re-hashed the rotating wheel, picking up where NASA left off almost 30 years ago.

DesignLibero has taken the concept and re-invigorated it with 21st century Dysonism. The Green Wheel – as always, it sounds better in Italian, La Routa Verde – is a hydroponic system with form and function and fluidity :: Read the full article »»»»


Why Insulation is THE BEST Renovation

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, Renovation Planning, Renovation Tips | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Why Insulation is THE BEST Renovation

It’s cheap, it’s green and it will make your house or apartment more comfortable, it’s insulation.

Why Insulation Is THE BEST Renovation

INSULATION! Stuff it in ceilings, wad it in your walls, wrap it around hot-water pipes! What you’ve got is the equivalent of a warm woolly jumper in winter or an esky in summer, not to mention plenty of environmental brownie points to help you feel smug about the state of your Green-ness :: Read the full article »»»»


9th Wonder INFINISKI!

Posted: May 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Concept Housing, Good Architecture, GREEN | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

NOT BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE…

BUT BECAUSE I’VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE FOOD ON MY PLATE!

9th Wonder Infinity House - INFINISKI!

James & Mau Architecture + Infiniski = WOW! James & Mau have teamed up with eco builders Infiniski to create the most outlandishly superb dwellings. The Manifesto House in Curacavi, Chile hides a dark past, a former life that one would never pick :: Read the full article »»»»