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Sustainable design | Green houses
Concrete is one of the most sustainable building
materials. It’s made mostly of limestone – the most
abundant mineral on earth – with minimal waste,
incredible durability, and high energy efficiency
because of how much heat it can absorb and retain.
The brief for this New South Wales home was ‘raw’,
demonstrated by the concrete featured throughout.
With a natural, timeless appearance and lifespan,
the concrete is a feature rather than just part of the
interior structure. It’s not limited to traditional walls
or floors – benchtops, sinks, fireplaces and outdoor
furniture can also be made of concrete, adding
warmth (literally) and character to your home.
Double Bay House by Level Orange A rchitects,
Choosing low-VOC finishes and paints contributes to a cleaner, safer environment. VOC is short for
volatile organic compounds, which are chemical compounds that contribute to air pollution. By Australian
standards, ‘low odour’ or ‘low environmental impact’ wet paint must contain no more than 5g/L of VOCs.
Indoor paints must be under 20g/L. High-VOC paints contain 80-100g/L. On a secluded hill in northern
New South Wales, this home features thoughtful low-VOC finishes and, because sustainability was key, all
m ate rials used w ere n on-toxic. Killen Falls House by Jack son La ne, jack son la ne.com. au .
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