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  • Renovate or Procrastinate???

    Posted: January 6 2017

    The year that you finally get your dream home moving… You’ve had your holidays, reflected on the year gone and gazed into the crystal ball for the year ahead… But, have you made a decision whether or not 2017 will be your year to renovate or procrastinate??? You see what I did there?! The reason […]

  • How lucky can one man be?

    Posted: December 6 2016

    2016… What a year it’s been at Sustainable Homes Melbourne! Six jobs complete…. Eight projects running consistently… …and Five more to start early 2017… The sky’s the limit! From the time we started with an idea in 2013 to now preparing for a BIG 2017 we’ve come a helluva long way! There’s no doubt 2016 […]

  • Are you part of the Solution or the Problem?

    Posted: November 6 2016

    A good friend of mine, one of few property developers we’d work for, said something that was so obvious, yet hit me with a huge realization! Such a simple concept… “The homes we build will be with us a long time!” This seems as obvious as the leaves on a tree! But do people really […]

  • Functionality vs Thermal performance

    Posted: October 6 2016

      Don’t hang your hat on star ratings alone… It’s simple to measure the Thermal performance of a home with stars. It’s relatively simple to measure the Energy usage of people living in the home with money spent. But, what cannot be measured is the functionality of a home!   Functionality is a level of […]

  • What is Building Biology?

    Posted: September 6 2016

    Guest Blog by Building Biologist, Triin-Liis Harma   I’m a Building biologist… What does ‘Biology’ have to do with ‘building’? I hear ask… The answer is… If you care for your health…. Everything! We all know that we have to look after our first skin.. keep it healthy! We also know that we need a proper […]

  • Are you going to pick up the cheque?

    Posted: August 6 2016

    It’s fair to say our world is changing faster than any of us could have imagined. It’s said the human world has changed more in the past decade than it has in all the time Homo Sapiens have occupied the Earth. – Make of that, what you will. Needless to say our world is changing […]

  • Melbourne homes are just like Swiss cheese…. Full of holes!

    Posted: July 6 2016

      I thought this piece may have been a month too late. When in May, the temperature in Melbourne was sliced in half from 25 degrees down to 12 degrees in a little over 2 weeks. And boy, did I feel it in the Victorian Terrace I call home! My home has double brick walls, […]

  • A brick for a brick, an Earth for an Earth…

    Posted: June 6 2016

    Give and take…… Not take and take some more! How long would your bank balance last if you just took from it? What about your garden… Are you limited to the amount of food you can grow? It makes sense that what we take from the Earth MUST be replenished! Surely, we can’t expect to […]

  • Gotta get your docs right!

    Posted: May 6 2016

      You want to live in a perfect little oasis… It’s got to have everything you need and nothing you don’t! You want innovation… Or maybe self-sufficiency?!   We all know what WE want in our home… The key is to articulate what’s in your mind into a design, then it’s the builder’s job to […]

  • 3AW Radio The Big House Talk

    Posted: April 15 2016

    Did you hear us on 3AW radio The Big House Talk? Click the ‘play’ button below to hear the whole conversation. You may find the questions you have about building your very own sustainable home have been answered already!

10 Things you must know before building a sustainable home

SHM on 3AW 693 News Talk

If your project needs a practical, transparent, hardworking and clever building team, especially with renovations when you can’t predict the unknowns, commercial or residential, we are happy to recommend Simon and Michael.