Planning a new home, renovating your home or adding an extension?

House DesignIf you are planning a new home or renovating your existing home the following publications are well worth consulting BEFORE you start.

Ideally start planning your new home two years before you build to help understand how to build a sustainable home that will save you money (and pay for itself) and be more liveable.

Your Home

Your Home - Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes
Your Home is Australia’s free guide to environmental and sustainable homes, which is published by the Australian Government.

Your Home Book Cover
Your Home Book Cover
You have three options for obtaining a copy of Your Home;

  1. Read each chapter online at the Your Home website
  2. Download the individual chapters as PDFs from each page
  3. Purchase a printed booked for $38.50, plus postage

They also have a Design For Place brochure you can download for free, plus a four minute introductory video.

Visit Your Home website »

Renew Magazine

Sample cover of Renew magazine
Sample cover of Renew magazine
Alternative Technology Association (ATA) trading as Renew is a national, not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.

They have helped thousands of households save money and reduce their environmental footprint with information on energy efficiency, solar power, rainwater tanks, materials reuse and waste.

Renew publishes two publications;

  • Sanctuary — Modern Green Homes
  • renew — technology for a sustainable future

as well as providing advice, consultancy, research and advocacy.

Visit renew website »