A ‘Green Standard’ Of Sustainability For New Homes
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A ‘Green Standard’ Of Sustainability For New Homes

The building industry will need to meet tougher criteria for ‘Green Star’.

By Terry Christodoulou
Tue, Aug 31, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

In hopes of cutting household energy costs, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has launched a sustainability rating for the volume home building industry.

Under the Green Star Homes Standard new homes will need to meet health standards for ventilation, insulation, minimal toxins in carpest or paint.

Further, a number of resilience standards including water efficiency, climate change readiness, alongside homes needing to meet climate positive measures, such as being fully electric, draught sealed, energy-efficient and powered by renewables.

“The residential sector accounts for 57 per cent of Australia’s building emissions. We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors with two-thirds of this being at home,” said GBCA’s chief executive Davina Rooney.

The new rating tool could see Green Star certified homes reduce energy costs by more than 75% – through solar panels, insulation, airconditioning LED lights, and electric appliances according to the GBCA.


Interior designer Thomas Hamel on where it goes wrong in so many homes.

Following the devastation of recent flooding, experts are urging government intervention to drive the cessation of building in areas at risk.

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The waterfront residence is one of Port Stephens’ finest homes.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 2 min

In the coastal township of Salamander Bay — nearby to Port Stephens — comes a unique home crafted to take full advantage of unbroken ocean vistas across three levels.

With one-of-a-kind flair, the stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-car garage home of 52 Randall Drive Salamander Bay is nestled on a private 577sqm plot, optimised through intelligent design to take advantage of the Port Stephens landscape and lifestyle.

Within the home sees the typically coastal textures of natural oak floor and timber feature walls take hold while stone and tiled adornments add layers of luxury.

The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas incorporate a fireplace and near floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to create a seamless indoor-to-outdoor dining and entertaining space on the home’s top floor.

The heart of this area is the kitchen, centred around a marble-topped island, state-of-the-art European appliances and an attached bar area, with built-in refrigeration, accompanied by a butler’s pantry.

Also here comes a grand outdoor spa, central to the balcony, while another outdoor entertaining area with a pizza oven is found on the middle floor.

Downstairs once again comes a second living space replete with the perfect wine cellar — cooled by the natural rock foundation of the home — offering an array of entertaining options

Of the home’s accommodation comes a private and luxurious master retreat with expansive ocean views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, here, speckled with grey terrazzo tiling and timber joinery vanities.  A further four bedrooms are found throughout the home along with two family bathrooms rounding out the offering.

Less than a five-minute walk from nearby amenities of shops, restaurants, cafes and beaches the home offers the best of the Port Stephens area.

The listing is with PRD Port Stephens’ Dane Queenan (+61 412 351 819) and Erin Sharp (+61 499 912 311) and is heading to auction; prd.com.au