Publications

With more than 35 years’ experience, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is a leading green publisher.

As well as publishing two high-quality magazines on sustainable living, ReNew: technology for a sustainable future and Sanctuary: modern green homes, the ATA produces a range of booklets, e-books and other print and online publications.

Sanctuary: modern green homes magazine
Sanctuary is Australia’s only dedicated sustainable house design magazine. Each quarter, Sanctuary Magazine profiles the work of some of Australia’s leading environmental architects and designers, providing inspiration and practical solutions for a sustainable home, without compromising on design. Each Sanctuary home offers inspiration plus valuable technical detail including specific sustainability features and specs, house plans and the stories of those who have invested their time and money in the house.

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ReNew: technology for a sustainable future magazine
ReNew is Australia’s premier magazine on practical sustainable living, showing you how to have an environmentally-friendly home on a budget. ReNew regularly includes home energy audits, DIY electric car conversions, easy water saving projects, new uses for discarded materials and clever home retrofits. Each issue features affordable sustainable homes, DIY projects, buyers guides and Q&A with the ReNew experts. With 30 years experience, ReNew gives independent, expert advice for sustainable living.

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ATA e-books on sustainable living
From energy efficient cooling to off-grid homes, water efficiency, eco-camping and creating a non-toxic, healthy living environment in your home, the ATA’s e-books provide rich and comprehensive information on a range of sustainable living topics. All contain a compilation of the best articles on a given subject from ReNew and Sanctuary magazines as well as buyers guides and other bonus sections. ATA e-books can be downloaded as PDF files and are free for ATA members, $5 for non-members.

To download, go to: shop.ata.org.au

Solar Electricity: Plan your own solar electricity system. 
The new seventh edition of the ever-popular Solar Electricity booklet provides a thorough yet concise overview of what you need to know before choosing and installing a solar power system. In it you will find information about types of solar power systems, system components, sizing your system, installation, rebates and feed-in tariffs. Learn the difference between a grid-interactive system used in urban areas and stand-alone and hybrid systems if you live in a remote area. There are also checklists to help with selecting a solar system and installer. Member price $4.25 (non-members $5).

To buy, go to shop.ata.org.au

Efficient Hot Water: Plan the right hot water system for your home.
The revised edition of our popular Efficient Hot Water booklet helps you plan your sustainable hot water system. With updated and expanded content, it looks at the latest in energy efficient hot water systems. In the booklet you will find all the information you need before installing solar hot water or heat pumps. Topics covered include: different types of systems; how systems work and their components; retrofits; size and site location; rebates, standards and greenhouse savings; and heat pumps and hot water.
Member price $4.25 (non-members $5).

To buy, go to shop.ata.org.au

Renters Guide to Sustainable Living
If you’re a home owner or renter, you can make changes to your home to make it more comfortable, save money and reduce your environmental impact. Many actions can be done at zero or low cost, or through small changes in your behaviour. This booklet is designed to help you reduce your rental home’s energy and water use without the need for major renovations. The booklet covers topics such as draught proofing, shading, heating and cooling type, lighting, efficient hot water systems, energy efficient appliances, water use, solar for tenants, strata living and working with your landlord. Available as a free download.

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Consumers Guide to Smart Meters
The ATA’s The Consumer Guide to Smart Meters helps households and small businesses understand and take advantage of products and services associated with smart meters. This easy-to-understand guide also looks at flexible pricing where consumers can choose to be charged more to use electricity at peak times and less during non-peak times. The free guide was developed by the ATA with support from the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation.