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Discover the latest in sustainable building and renovation trends. Find useful tips and tricks to inspire your next DIY project.

5 features to look for when buying a new home

16-Apr-2018


You probably have a list of the features you’re looking for in your new home – the number of bedrooms, size of the garden, whether it needs renovations or if it’s...

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Biophilic cities: where all living things flourish

26-Jun-2019


The inaugural National Clean Technologies Conference was held on the Sunshine Coast in May 2019 bringing together clean technology innovators, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders from around the world. The Living Smart team was there to capture...

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Could a co-housing development help you find your tribe?

15-Nov-2019


Unsatisfied with the housing options served up by mainstream developers, a Sunshine Coast couple is exploring alternative responses to housing and whether there is sufficient interest in our community to explore...

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Green granny flats and studios: 10 of the best

02-May-2017


As cities sprawl and become less affordable for many residents, the suburbs are seeing the rise of self-contained studios and granny flats. We look at the changing regulations controlling these small ‘secondary...

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Have your say by this Thursday 15 August – Sunshine Coast Design

02-Aug-2019


Council is developing a Design Strategy for the Sunshine Coast Council area to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE GOOD DESIGN of new communities, buildings, streets and spaces. Have your say before Thursday August 15, 2019https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XGNJ2PD...

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Hivve – A smart, clean power solution for schools

18-Apr-2019


The impact of changes in Australian electricity markets and a growing community desire to embrace environmentally sustainable practices is leading schools to consider how they meet their future energy needs. School budgets...

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The benefits and outcomes of good design for schools

15-Oct-2018


There are many factors which contribute to positive education outcomes in a school environment. Purposeful design of campuses, buildings, social spaces and classrooms can facilitate deeper learning, greater social connectivity and a more discernible connection...

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The questions you should ask your project builder

19-Apr-2018


  Project homes can be an ideal way of achieving a more affordable home, as they are designed and built to a formula that reduces risk and allows for economies of scale for the tradespeople, construction...

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What is good design and how can it be applied in a school environment?

15-Oct-2018


There are many factors which contribute to positive education outcomes in a school environment. Purposeful design of campuses, buildings, social spaces and classrooms can facilitate deeper learning, greater social connectivity and a more discernible connection...

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White roofs – the best idea you’ve probably never heard of

16-Apr-2018


  Have you ever noticed how much hotter the black asphalt on a road is, compared to the white lines painted on it - or a light coloured concrete path ...

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Your Home. Australia's guide to sustainable homes

02-May-2017


Your Home is Australia’s most comprehensive guide to environmentally sustainable homes. Your Home continues a long-standing effort by the Australian Government, in partnership with the building and design industry, to give comprehensive, expert and independent...

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