relationship with the architect, who had a similar vision of sustainability, also contributed to creating an environmentally conscious building. ‘Everything comes down to design as well as quality workmanship,’ Mick says. ‘The compact nature of the main living area and the ﬂexibility to close off guest bedrooms means there is a limited need to heat in winter, and deﬁnitely no requirement for air-conditioning in summer as the trees do that naturally.’ Throughout the home, an extensive use of timber produces light and airy spaces; beautiful spotted gum hardwood ﬂoorboards ﬂow throughout the upstairs rooms and complement the lime-wash plywood ceiling panels that were placed with absolute ‘precision’. ‘Timber is number one in terms of sustainability, and also from my point of view, in terms of health as well. It’s fantastic [to use] because it is breathable,’ says Mick, who has a ﬁrm understanding of the principles of building biology. As a GreenSmart professional, Mick incorporated GreenSmart principles into each step of the build process, including dual purpose design, which maximises the use of space and minimises materials. He possesses a strong philosophy when it comes to sustainable building and believes that we need to thoughtfully design housing with energy-efﬁcient features – such as LED lighting, solar panels and water tanks – but also design houses with durable materials to sustain themselves for years to come.
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