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Why Weatherboards May Be The Choice For You

Everyone loves the look of a traditional, freshly painted weatherboard home. If you’re concerned about the ongoing maintenance and upkeep associated with timber, Formplex has the perfect solution. Since 1981 Formplex has been providing Australian homes with maintenance-free uPVC weatherboards. We’ve recognised the increasing desire for weatherboard facades; however, the...

9 Energy Efficient Products Will Save You Thousands

Australia is ranked 18th out of 25 countries for energy-efficient houses; here, we run through 8 energy-saving products. Luke Menzel, CEO of Australia’s Energy Efficiency Council, said, “While this result is disappointing, it points to a huge opportunity. We can quickly cut energy bills while making our homes more comfortable...

A Guide to Sustainable Housing

An architect, a builder and an energy rater walked into the Home Show to discuss sustainable housing. In this rare talk, Monica Vandenberg from tiny house enterprise, Nestd, picked the brains of three pre-fab professionals. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover. [caption id="attachment_8820" align="aligncenter" width="500"]...

5 Tiny Homes Without Wheels

Social enterprise Nestd is reinventing the tiny house without the wheel. Remember the remarkable Peak tiny home launched at the Melbourne Home Show? This architecturally designed home (below) raised the bar for passive technology, smart storage and pristine angles. Nestd is the charity giving 100% profits to Kids Under Cover....

Keeping up with the New Joneses

The New Joneses showcased their tiny home at the Home Show to champion their lifestyle ‘big life, little footprint'. The story begins with Tamara DiMattina, a powerful PR and communications magnate for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). Blunt and to the point, she said, "My job was to get people to...

The A – Z of Energy Efficient Homes

In the aftermath of Sustainable House Day, we run through the alphabet of energy-saving products featured at the Home Show.  Wait, there's a day for sustainable houses? Yes! But unlike other days including #WorldMigratoryBirdDay or #WorldTurtleDay, you get to check out some pretty impressive feats of architecture. #neato. In 2018,...

This Solar Panel Makes Water From Thin Air

A company based in the US desert presented a way to produce drinking water from thin air at the Home Show. It sounds biblical, but it's actually very scientific. Simplified, SOURCE Hydropanels is a cross between dehumidifier and solar panel, though they’re a little more complicated than that. Wake up...

Infographic: Baths Vs Showers

Australia showers more times per week than most other countries in the world, but do showers use less water than baths? What's the real cost of a shower? Shower Cost Is there a place for baths in the modern home? Join the Home Show Club and you'll be the very first...

The Answer to Rising Energy Bills

Australia’s sweeping landscapes, turquoise oceans, and unique wildlife make it an amazing place to live, but the steadily rising cost of living, and consequent rise in energy bills we’re seeing, means Australian’s disposable income is increasingly tied up with bills rather than the leisure activities that enable us to enjoy...

Reach For The (Green) Stars

Much like health star ratings on supermarket food packaging, Green Stars illustrate a building’s interior and exterior sustainability. Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) encouraging sustainability in the built environment for over 17 years. GBCA works with governments to architects, universities and even homeowners. Their mission is to set a high...

Double Down On Double Glazing

Welcome to Australia. The Lucky Country! Or is it? Australia’s sweeping landscapes, turquoise oceans, and unique wildlife make it an amazing place to live, but the steadily rising cost of living, and consequent rise in energy bills we’re seeing, means Australian’s disposable income is increasingly tied up with bills rather...

Your Home Doesn’t Need a Heater

Australia has the lowest energy building standards compared to developed countries, which means a considerably higher energy cost for you and carbon cost to the planet, but a revolution is quietly underway to eliminate the need for heating entirely. Doom & Destruction The words ‘minimum building code’ send shivers down...