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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 that have the benefit of energy efficiency, low VOC, high thermal mass, 'breathability' and contribute to a beautiful ambience in the space they create.

Renewable Energy
We encourage the use of renewable energy where ever possible. Australia continues to have a high take up of solar energy which is more efficient than natural gas. It is becoming more cost effective to install a stand alone photovoltaic system which is grid interactive.
Straw Bale
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
Earth construction is the most ecological and efficient building material with the lowest embodied energy especially
if it is souced from the same site as the construction. Types of earth construction include mud brick, cob,
adobe and rammed earth. They permit flexibility, environmental sensitivity and thermal efficiency to the design.

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