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sustainable design

Graham Hunt goes into a lot of detail when researching the local climate that will impact the comfort of a home. Designing for your climate includes an analysis of both the macro - the temperature, rainfall and humidity of the region, but also the micro - the local wind, shading and exposure of a particular site. ... [Read more]

Dominique Gettliffe and Alejandra Baltodano believe in the responsibility of architecture to make spaces that are good for people. Architecture shouldn't be about the ego of the artist. The responsibility of architecture is to be a catalyst for people to create amazing spaces. What is it about a building that either makes a space enjoyable ... [Read more]

Listen to this interview in iTunes or Stitcher radio. How do you make a power plant in the middle of an urban setting, look interesting and attractive? And what's that got to do with designing sustainable homes? Peter Hogg and Toby Reed are award winning, Melbourne based architects and I spoke with Peter about why ... [Read more]

Can you imagine meeting someone at university with similar interests, falling in love with them, then starting a practice together offering complementary design services to provide beautiful, functional architecture in harmony with the Earth? Sounds pretty idillic. And it's what Matthew Swett and Sarah Birger have done to create Taproot Architects. Throw in the fact that they ... [Read more]

Derek Ward's strength is the science that connects good design with good performance. Clioma House specialises in 'airtightness and effective insulation'. They help bridge the gap between the drawing board and the construction site. The sooner you think about how much you want to do in relation to performance, the cheaper and easier it is ... [Read more]

Invest up front in a good designer and you’ll save during construction. Vernacular construction is about designing and building appropriately for the local conditions. For a sustainable home, focus on insulation and ventilation. Paul Testa says he’s lucky to have clients who have asked him to design something sustainable, like The Burrows. I think Paul has ... [Read more]

Eaves are the classic case of form following function. In this podcast I lay out my three key reasons for having them, but a key question is, 'how big should eaves be?' Radiation - They help shade you and your home from the summer sun, while still allowing light and warmth in during the winter ... [Read more]

Over the last few years, I've developed this model for good home design: Map, wrap, gaps, taps and apps. [Tweet "A model for good home design: Map, wrap, gaps, taps and apps. "] Map was an obvious (albeit later) addition to the original model. Good design starts with location. This is about where you plan to build ... [Read more]

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