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  • Getting back to basics!

    Posted: September 6 2017

    There’s so much new home technology it’s hard to keep up and very easy to get carried away. But let’s not forget about the basics of building great homes that tread lightly on our planet and your hip pocket. Of course we all want the latest gizmo or gadget for our home, we want our […]

  • Spring is (almost) on it’s way!

    Posted: August 6 2017

    Melburnians rejoice as Spring is (almost) upon us. As I look out my east facing office window I find the sun shining just that little bit higher and brighter. My mornings are now kept with the blind turned down. Thank the heavens Melbourne winter is nearly over! At the peak of winter I always wonder […]

  • You won’t believe how long we’ve known!

    Posted: February 6 2017

    In with the new, but the old won’t leave! So long has our world been rigid in the way we do things… It’s easy to see our reluctance to move on from fossil fuels and plastics, to invest in more efficient ways of doing things, for the long-term benefit of everyone. We refuse to acknowledge […]

  • Renovate or Procrastinate???

    Posted: January 6 2017

    The year that you finally get your dream home moving… You’ve had your holidays, reflected on the year gone and gazed into the crystal ball for the year ahead… But, have you made a decision whether or not 2017 will be your year to renovate or procrastinate??? You see what I did there?! The reason […]

  • How lucky can one man be?

    Posted: December 6 2016

    2016… What a year it’s been at Sustainable Homes Melbourne! Six jobs complete…. Eight projects running consistently… …and Five more to start early 2017… The sky’s the limit! From the time we started with an idea in 2013 to now preparing for a BIG 2017 we’ve come a helluva long way! There’s no doubt 2016 […]

  • Are you part of the Solution or the Problem?

    Posted: November 6 2016

    A good friend of mine, one of few property developers we’d work for, said something that was so obvious, yet hit me with a huge realization! Such a simple concept… “The homes we build will be with us a long time!” This seems as obvious as the leaves on a tree! But do people really […]

  • Functionality vs Thermal performance

    Posted: October 6 2016

      Don’t hang your hat on star ratings alone… It’s simple to measure the Thermal performance of a home with stars. It’s relatively simple to measure the Energy usage of people living in the home with money spent. But, what cannot be measured is the functionality of a home!   Functionality is a level of […]

  • What is Building Biology?

    Posted: September 6 2016

    Guest Blog by Building Biologist, Triin-Liis Harma   I’m a Building biologist… What does ‘Biology’ have to do with ‘building’? I hear ask… The answer is… If you care for your health…. Everything! We all know that we have to look after our first skin.. keep it healthy! We also know that we need a proper […]

  • Are you going to pick up the cheque?

    Posted: August 6 2016

    It’s fair to say our world is changing faster than any of us could have imagined. It’s said the human world has changed more in the past decade than it has in all the time Homo Sapiens have occupied the Earth. – Make of that, what you will. Needless to say our world is changing […]

  • Melbourne homes are just like Swiss cheese…. Full of holes!

    Posted: July 6 2016

      I thought this piece may have been a month too late. When in May, the temperature in Melbourne was sliced in half from 25 degrees down to 12 degrees in a little over 2 weeks. And boy, did I feel it in the Victorian Terrace I call home! My home has double brick walls, […]

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