Is this NSW’s most sustainable home?

Green Magazine recently featured a home built in Sydney’s Rose Bay that could well be the most sustainable property ever built in the state.

Built without using a single brick, it incorporates design and building practices as well as energy and water efficiency measures which go far beyond regulation.

Among the property’s features are three water tanks storing a combined total of 6,600 litres; grey water diversion; an irrigation system feeding citrus trees, lawn, herbs, olive trees, banana trees, and passionfruit; insulation that sits externally, internally, under the concrete slab and on the roof via a combined roof panel; high WELS rated shower heads, taps, and dual flush toilets; and a three kilowatt PV solar system.

Kudos to architect Caroline Piddock for having the vision to create such an inspiring and forward-thinking building. Here’s hoping more Australian architects and developers follow her lead.

http://www.greenmagazine.com.au/projects.php

Adelaide’s hottest new address is a near sell-out

Proving that the Baju apartment complex in Henley Beach is set to become one of Adelaide’s most sought-after and exclusive addresses, almost all of the 38 luxuriously appointed apartments and 10 exclusive penthouses have been sold prior to public release.

Sales for neighbouring complex H20 are quickly following suit, with just a handful of apartments still available. Agent Julianne Price said she’s not surprised at Henley Square’s popularity:

“Both Baju and H20 offer state-of-the-art living in a stunning beachside location, with all the convenience of the city just a 15 minute drive away.

“Many buyers have commented on the cosmopolitan feel of the development and the fact that it ticks so many boxes – from the high quality of the finishes through to the stunning views.

“We’re expecting the last few apartments at H20 and Baju to be snapped up very soon.”

A stunning addition to the Henley Beach landscape, Baju comprises 40 luxuriously appointed apartments and 8 exclusive penthouses. Living up to its superb location, each home presents the very best in architectural design and premium fixtures and fittings, such as European style kitchens with Miele appliances.

Environmentally sustainable design principles feature throughout, including a remote-controlled louvre system, cross-flow natural ventilation and energy efficient air conditioning. Residences range from one, two and three bedroom apartments with stunning ocean vistas or views to the city and hills beyond. Penthouses offer three or four bedrooms and generous living spaces with sensational views. The address also has its own gourmet supermarket, fine food and boutique shops.

For sales enquiries on Baju or H20, contact Julianne Price on 0408 771 797 or go to www.baju.com.au / www.h20henleysquare.com.au.

Brisbane ideas competition encourages innovation

We’re following with interest news of the first ever Brisbane Ideas Competition, which asks individuals to develop ideas and propose initiatives that address what’s missing  from our city and what it needs for the future. It’s certainly an ambitious concept and has the potential to give birth to some exciting and innovative ideas.

Organisers Heise Design say they hope the broad entry requirements will solicit entries across a wide range of disciplines, from architecture and urban design through to art, science and engineering. Entries will be placed on exhibition throughout the city.

Follow details of it at http://competition.heise.com.au/brief.html

Pixel building raises the bar for sustainable design

If you picked up a copy of The Australian’s Wish magazine this week, you’ll have read all about Grocon Construction’s visionary Pixel building.  Proving that office buildings can be sustainable, commercially viable and architecturally inspirational, the Pixel in Melbourne is one of the most innovative development projects this country has seen to date.

The façade – comprised of multi-coloured sun-shading panels – makes the building instantly iconic and identifiable. But it’s what’s going on behind the scenes that makes this project truly remarkable and has earned it the accolade of the “greenest building in Australia”. Inspiring stuff.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/wild-but-wonderful/story-e6frg8io-1226003593003 ?

Beachside living is back

Along with many beachside suburbs along Adelaide’s western coast, Henley Beach is undergoing something of a renaissance.

Gone are the days when a walk down the esplanade took you past tired frontages and dated apartment blocks or a spot of retail therapy meant driving into the city. Older properties have made way for new multimillion dollar homes while others have undergone spectacular renovations, all of which is helping to change the face of the suburb and boost property prices.

Once complete, Henley Square will become an important part of this rebirth.  The suburb’s increasing popularity with more sophisticated homeowners makes it an attractive proposition for premium retailers, with many major brands expected to come on board in the coming months.

Sales agent Julianne Price said: “We are witnessing a real return to beachside living as homeowners look to improve their work/life balance and take their busy lifestyles down a notch without being isolated from the conveniences they are used to.  We’re excited to be playing such a major role in the revival of this beautiful area.”