Urban Sustainable Design by Jim Gall

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images via Sanctuary

Green design is more than just energy, and even a magazine from an Alternative Energy Association in Australia gets that. Sanctuary Magazine publishes an urban home in Brisbane (online) by Jim Gall of Gall & Medek where they have made it as environmentally friendly as possible. They have eliminated PVC, used a weed tree from an invasive species for their lumber, and paid more for good materials and traded that for square footage.

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Owner Keith Armstrong says

We believe that looking at the big picture beyond "what it will cost us" is really critical to sustainable thinking."

to which the architect adds:
A well-planned small house can offset these costs.

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I really like this transom vent over the door- that is what people used to do to get cross ventilation. Lots more, and a whole page of sustainable features, at Sanctuary.
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Tags: Architects | Australia | Housing Industry

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