Sanctuary Magazine Gets into Hot Water. Solar, That Is.


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'Modern Green Homes' is the tagline for Sanctuary, an award winning magazine that both Lloyd and I like wax lyrical about (see links below), and its latest issue continues the high standard set by previous editions. Between the pages of the current issue can be found responses to reader's questions, like do you still need window coverings if your house has huge, albeit double glazed, windows? The short answer, Yes, because even double glazing will stop only about half the heat loss through a window or glass door.

Sanctuary readers will learn about certified carbon neutral bed mattress, that also uses plantation timber, recycled steel for its springs, recycled fibre waste for its cover and a soy-based foam. They'll also hear of a study into waste on building sites where one contractor implemented a waste reduction plan and yielded a net gain of $8,000 AUD for their efforts. One of the six sites in survey was able to recycle 98% of their construction debris. Solar Hot Water
There is a detailed analysis of the various solar hot water systems on the market, including a table indicating their benefits and drawbacks. A new feature getting its debut in this issue of Sanctuary magazine is the Design Workshop, whereby readers of the mag have the opportunity for a green architect or building designer to provide free advice on planned renovations or building projects.

But the the bulk of magazine, as always, is a showcase for finished green housing projects. Several of which show what can be done with small scale housing, some as tiny as 29.7 square metres. Curiously this later project profiles the work of SHED, an architectural practice in Seattle. It seems that Sanctuary may be spreading it wings further afield that its usual crop of Australian homes.

EcoVillage
One of the other small houses built at the award winning Currumbin Ecovillage in Queensland makes use of extensive recycled timber, combined with recycled blockwork walls, which are internally rendered with combination clay and wheat chaff for thermal mass inside the house. Although nestled in a rainforest setting only one sapling was removed to contruct the elevated home, with scores an impressive 7.5 stars out of 10 on the NatHERS house energy rating scale.

Elsewhere in Sanctuary magazine readers will encounter articles on Co-Housing, Greener Apartments and passive solar orientation.

Available as a lush print edition on FSC certified paper. Or as a downloadable PDF.

Sanctuary Magazine.

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