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What defines sustainable architecture? The simplest description would be architecture that has minimal impact on the environment through the application of appropriate design concepts, materials and technologies while also ensuring ongoing benefits for future occupants in the form of energy efficiency, comfort and well-being throughout the lifecycle of the building.

Sustainable architecture, as we understand it today, is not only about using the right materials and limiting the use of non-renewables and ensuring energy efficiency. A green building has to factor in every aspect of its lifecycle right from siting, design and construction, through operation, maintenance and renovation, to end-of-life when the materials can be retrieved and recycled.

Also important is the immediate environment around the building site, which needs to be preserved and protected against degradation.

Ensuring resource efficiency encompassing the use of energy, water and materials, minimising and managing waste generation onsite to avoid landfill, using recycled or recyclable materials, selecting products with minimal carbon footprint during manufacture, and localising procurement to minimise carbon miles are just one part of the sustainable building journey.

Sustainable design takes into consideration factors such as building orientation to catch the sun and winds, placement of rooms, and sizing and positioning of windows for ventilation. The materials palette is tuned to energy efficiency and low-energy use with effective application of insulation, seals, solar shading elements, low-emissivity glass, double- and triple-glazed windows, and high thermal mass building products. Passive design applies many of these principles to reduce energy consumption by as much as 40 per cent in sustainable homes.

A healthy environment is created for future occupants through the use of non-toxic paints and finishes. Material selection combines high performance with low maintenance and long-term durability, ensuring a sustainable solution.

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Source: architectureanddesign.com.au
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Indoors out - Alfresco

Current architectural and design trends favour the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. Australian households are very lucky in this regard, with our pleasant climate, large homes, and wide-open spaces perfect for outdoor living. Sydney is the epicentre of this new attitude to design and lifestyle, with more and more homeowners making a conscious decision to make greater use of their outdoor space in their outdoor entertaining areas.

 

If you’re planning an outdoor area, always think these things:

  1. Continuity:

To maximize your outdoor space by bringing the interior out with a complementary feel, by utilising the same textures, tones and finishes throughout. The backyard is no longer simply somewhere to hang the washing, think instead of your exterior space as an expansion of your living area and allow the style to flow through.

2. Functionality:

Your space should not only look great but also work even better. Look to ensure that your area can be used in all weather, be multi-functional, used for dining, relaxing and able to use all year round, so consider cover, heating, ventilation, lighting and comfort. You will want to feel just as at home outside your home as you do in it.

3. Lighting:

Done right, lighting can create ambience, improve your space and highlight garden details and features, whether it is spotlighting sculptural gardens or architectural details, think of lighting as a way to enhance the mood and style.

4. Shade umbrellas/Verandas/Blinds & Awnings:

Essential for shade and keeping your area cool throughout summer, but also just as essential for trapping the heat and creating a welcome, usable space during the cooler months.

5. Cooking area:

Whether that means a fully equipped, all singing all dancing kitchen with wine cooler and sink, BBQ or pizza oven, it should be designed for year-round use so install to match your needs and aesthetics.

6. Flexibly Modular furniture:

Multi-use pieces are on trend, so select furniture that can be moved or adjusted for varying uses. Create another layer and double the functionality of your furniture; such as a side table with cooler, cushion storage in your seating and fire pits that become tables.

7. Flooring:

With so much on offer now from real wood to composite decking, pavers to porcelain tiles, mixing materials is a great way to define zones. Don’t forget about the massive selection of outdoor rugs to focus a space and for that additional homely feel.

8. Planting:

Plants are a great way to add texture and liven up your entertainments space. Mix living walls, with potted plants to create depth, but unless you are green fingers or willing to spend days time pampering your plants pick low maintenance, on-trend plants that can be mixed and matched such as ferns, olive trees, Devil’s Ivy, cactus and succulents.

9. Décor & Accessories:

When it comes to styling your outdoor entertainment space it is worth adopting the “less is more” philosophy. Think neutral finishes, cane, bamboo and rattan as they will continue in popularity in 2020, modernise with darker colours such as charcoal greys, deep navy blues, and contrast with strips and textures.

9. Comfort is Key:

Keep this in mind right from the start as well as throughout the design process to ensure that this is a space that you’ll want to spend time in again and again.

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