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As well as adding character to your home, using
recycled materials has environ mental be nefits:
conser ving reso urces; reducing waste disposal;
cost savi ng; and elimin ating pollution du ring the
productio n pro cess. Recycled steel, fo r example,
saves more than 70 per cent of the energy used
in man ufacturing n ew steel from primar y ore.
Reclaimed and rec ycled timber con serves old
growth fo rests, i ncreases ca rbo n sto rage and
doesn’t deco mpose in la ndfill (which emits
methane gas i nto the atmo sphere). This home,
located o n a secluded o utcro p within a cattle farm
in New South Wales, was awarded the best of use
of rec ycled timber at the A ustralian Timber Design
Awards. All the timber was salvaged fro m an old
sugar cane warehouse built in the 1930s. Far from
looking o ut of place, the materials blend sea mlessly
into the env iro nmen t an d establish the warmth
e man ating fro m the ho me. Escarpme nt House by
Timothy Moon A rchitects, timothymoon.com.a u.
Installing a typical 1.5KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on your roof to convert sunlight into electricity
can save up to 40 per cent of your annual power bill – so it will pay for itself in about nine years.
Get inf orma tion on ave ra ge daily cost s in you r c it y at cleanenergycouncil.org.au. With four different
government incentives, a range of products and suppliers, reduced bills and the ability to generate your
own clean electricity, PV systems are an easy way to add resale value and protect the environment.
The Eco Collection at Swanbourne in Western Australia proves sustainability and style aren’t mutually
exclusive. It won the 2011 GreenSmart Energy Efficiency Award and was nominated for the 2012 National
Architecture Awards. The group of seven houses has a six-star energy rating and, along with its PV
system, is expected to use 50 per cent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional home.
The Eco Collection at Swan bou rn e by Mirvac Design , mirvacdesign .com.
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