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Alternative Architecture
Local Traditions
Alternative architecture goes over and beyound sustainability. It embraces harmony with the environment not only as a choice of construction but as a social lifestyle. The recent exhibition "Not Quite Square" at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery pays tribute to this rich tradition in the Byron Bay and Northern Rivers Region. We occasionally receive the opportunity to be involved in community or commercial projects to design and construct such structures. These utilise conventional and sustainable materials including straw bale, mudbrick, cob and found timber and have the benefit of energy efficiency, low VOC, high thermal mass, 'breathability' and contribute to a beautiful ambience in the space they create.
Solar Energy Design
We encourage the use of solar energy in the form of solar hot water and electricity where ever possible. It is currently more cost effective to install a stand alone photovoltaic system and gain independence from the high maintenance grid. Solar access is abundantly available in the Byron Bay, Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas.
Straw Bale Architecture
Strawbales are an extremely green material providing high insulation properties, with breathability and low embodied energy characteristics. Following a tradition hundreds of years old, straw bale construction may be used as an infill material or load bearing structure.
Mud Brick Architecture

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