A dark, damp house becomes a sustainable, sun-soaked abode

November 9, 2018 by  
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Formerly cold, dim and damp, a terrace house in Northcote, Victoria has been reborn into a vibrant and welcoming dwelling with an emphasis on gardening. Designed by Green Sheep Collective for a client named Jill, the compact project, named Jill’s House, saw a modest expansion of just 22 square meters of space yet gained its bright and spacious feel thanks to a thorough renovation. Created to meet the client’s aspirations for a “very healthy home,” Jill’s House embraces recycled materials, low VOC finishes and passive solar principles for a minimal energy footprint. Having developed deep ties with her local community, the homeowner wanted the renovated house to be suitable for long-term living and retirement. As a result, the redesign prioritized accessibility, low maintenance and durability. Tapping into its extensive experience in eco-friendly retrofits, Green Sheep Collective opened the home to greater amounts of natural light while improving energy efficiency with the reorientation of the living areas to the north and the installation of high-performance materials, such as improved insulation and low-e double glazing. The open-plan living area also enjoys a seamless connection with the outdoors to support the client’s hobby of gardening. “The comfort, energy efficiency and longevity of the house have been improved immeasurably,” the designers noted. “Despite an existing north wall along the boundary, sunlight is brought deep into the house via a raked ceiling paired with electric-operated clerestory windows that soar above the kitchen and dining areas, doubling to encourage the ‘stack effect’ for ventilation and distinguish the extension from the original Victorian home.” Related: Smart Home targets affordability and eco-friendly design in Australia Adding to the overall sense of vibrancy, bright pops of color woven throughout were inspired by the client’s favorite Derwent pencils from childhood. A natural materials palette  — including plantation timber flooring and recycled red bricks — lend additional warmth and complement the restored furnishings that include the dining table, dining chairs and lounge suite. + Green Sheep Collective Photography by Emma Cross via Green Sheep Collective

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An innovative forever house renovation features a pocket park for the community

June 15, 2018 by  
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Mention the word ‘ renovation ’ and thoughts of expansion immediately spring to mind — especially in the expensive suburb Fitzroy of  Melbourne . So when the owners of a two-story terrace house in the neighborhood decided against creating a large home and instead sought to turn part of their unused site into a pocket park, they smartly tapped Austin Maynard Architects to lead the project. The local Australian architecture firm — known for its creative and anti-McMansion designs — created the King Bill “forever home” for a family of four that includes a revamped garden space and curved extensions, one of which is housed in an overhauled horse stable. Instead of building out the entire vacant lot east of the main house, Austin Maynard Architects selectively added a couple structures to the site. Contemporary additions include a new pavilion housing the kitchen, living and dining spaces, as well as a glazed corridor that connects the main house to the old horse stable that’s been converted into the garage and parents’ retreat. Corrugated colorbond steel metal clads the curvaceous extensions to provide a playful and striking contrast to the original brick left intact on the 19th-century terrace house. “Long time Fitzroy locals, the clients chose not to capitalise on their block by exploiting the vacant site,” the architects explained. “They wanted more living space but they had no intention of maximising the economic yields by creating a huge home. Instead, they sought to give something back to the suburb they love through a rich and generous garden .” Related: Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia The team refreshed the garden with new plants while preserving the existing pear and silver birch trees. The concrete slab of the new living space pavilion was carefully cantilevered so as not to disturb the tree root zones. The architects included minimal paving in the garden to maximize site permeability; the plantings also help to reduce the area’s heat island effect. The home also features  passive solar principles and rooftop solar panels. Rainwater is harvested and reused for irrigation and to flush toilets. Thanks to double-glazed windows, natural light fills the home. + Austin Maynard Architects Images by Derek Swalwell

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Transforming Urban Deliveries

October 4, 2017 by  
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Economic growth and the expansion of e-commerce means there is a growing number of commercial vehicles on city streets contributing to congestion and air pollution. Several new technologies and business models have the potential to mitigate these negative effects while also making urban deliveries more affordable. The attractiveness of these technologies will vary by city and be heavily influenced by population density and economic conditions.

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Google’s free online solar power calculator expands to 9 sun-drenched states

December 15, 2015 by  
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This summer, Google somewhat quietly launched a cool online tool that lets property owners calculate their rooftop solar energy potential. Project Sunroof is free to use and even helps people connect with solar installers to get the ball rolling, but there was a catch. In order to take advantage of Google’s free assessment, your address had to be in Boston (where the project started), San Francisco, or Fresno, California. Google has now announced the expansion of the project to include nine more solar-friendly regions of the United States. Read the rest of Google’s free online solar power calculator expands to 9 sun-drenched states

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Dell Reconnect Computer Recycling Program Expands

November 15, 2012 by  
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This month, Dell and Goodwill announced the expansion of their computer recycling program, Dell Reconnect, to include the state of Hawaii, making free computer recycling available to over 1.2 million people on the island of Oahu. Program leaders…

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"Anonymous" Hackers Attack Monsanto, Tar Sands Oil Companies

July 14, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Vincent Diamante via Wikimedia Commons /CC BY The notorious activist hacking group “Anonymous” has launched two new campaigns championing a pair of green causes — helping U.S. farmers earn the right to label their food as “GMO-free” and working to obstruct the expansion of the devastating tar sands oil project in Alberta, Canada. Monsanto, the giant biotech firm, has confirmed it was the victim of a large-scale hacking attack. And the oil companies are next, Anonymous says. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Carbon Trust Sets Sights on Rapid US Expansion

March 23, 2011 by  
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The government-backed green business advisory body is going global with plans for a new California office.

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Boeing Launches Partnership to Develop Biomass Fuel Standards

March 22, 2011 by  
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 Biomass group aims to bring down sustainable certification costs and align standards.

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World Water Day Brings a Flood of Corporate Commitments

March 22, 2011 by  
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From Hilton Hotels to Dow Chemical, and at levels large and small, a number of companies today highlighted the steps they — and the world — need to take to maintain sustainable water supplies.

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Eat a Lionfish to Protect Caribbean Reefs

October 25, 2010 by  
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Photo credit: poplinre / Creative Commons Placing invasive species on the menu to curb their expansion has been attempted with everything from squirrels to kangaroo to camel , and now conservationists are asking diners to turn their attention—an… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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