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Are you part of the Solution or the Problem?

Are you part of the Solution or the Problem?

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...

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Functionality vs Thermal performance

Functionality vs Thermal performance

  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...

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What is Building Biology?

What is Building Biology?

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...

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Are you going to pick up the cheque?

Are you going to pick up the cheque?

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...

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

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

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...

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Gotta get your docs right!

Gotta get your docs right!

  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,...

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Is sustainability a selfish human choice??

Is sustainability a selfish human choice??

What are our motives for sustainability? Surely they couldn’t be driven by human selfishness?   I’ve recently spent some time in The Philippines. Every once in awhile it’s important for me to travel. It’s helps me take stock and look at the organization we’re...

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Do YOU believe that YOU can change the world??

Do YOU believe that YOU can change the world??

How could you as just one ‘ordinary’ human being make any impact at all? Is it even worth trying to save the environment? Loaded question, I know... Living in Australia, I’m sure you’ve jumped into bed and heard a pesky, little mosquito buzzing round your face?! You...

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Spreading the word on Sustainability

Spreading the word on Sustainability

What an end to the week! I never expected to get a call on Thursday asking if I could appear on 3AW radio Saturday morning! It was a call from the 3AW ‘Big House’ program and their weekly topic was home sustainability. Such a great opportunity to spread the word on...

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What will this year hold?

What will this year hold?

What will 2016 bring to the housing industry? How will battery storage affect the way we build? What effects will renewable energy have on society? 2016 will be the year battery storage hits the Australian market HARD! Australians have begun pre-ordering the Tesla...

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My tapwater is brown!

My tapwater is brown!

I woke up this morning, turned on the tap for a glass of water and the water came out BROWN!!!!! A most unsettling sight! I often don’t even look when I fill up from the tap! But I’m lucky enough to live in Melbourne in the year 2015 and I have the ability to walk to...

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