Heavily car-dependent and sprawling outwards at a rapid rate, experts are warning of dire social and environmental consequences if we don’t drastically change the way we build and develop.
The latest issue of Sanctuary: modern green homes highlights some of the people taking a different approach to development – one which makes the best use of available land, connects people with existing infrastructure and services and provides liveable, low-impact housing.
Sanctuary explores how a new breed of ecovillages – many of them in the heart of our capital cities – are showing what’s possible in green building.
The magazine considers the way the real estate market values sustainable homes, and how this might be better served with clear communication of the benefits of green features, and disclosure of a home’s energy performance. It also looks at urban agriculture as part of the solution to reducing carbon emissions and better supplying our cities with fresh produce.
Plus, there’s a fabulous array of profiles of innovative sustainable homes across Australia, including a low-cost artistic guest house in central Victoria and a family home on the NSW mid-north coast.
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