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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
green house design Green Homes Australia (GHA) is raising the standards of residential home construction by designing and constructing environmentally friendly homes while maintaining more comfortable levels of living all year round, and a finished home of higher value than standard home construction. Their unique builders program allows GHA to build throughout Australia. By partnering with local builders GHA creates the right design for each client, ensuring the right products go into each home to achieve the efficiencies expected of a sustainable home. GHA relies on HIA's GreenSmart program to offer its clients an independent assessment of each design, and encourages its partnering builders to complete the course to increase their own knowledge and skills in this specialised field. For more information visit www.greenhomesaustralia.com.au Collect more rainwater faster with the new versatile reo sac -- an innovation in water storage solutions. Made from reinforced, potable-grade PVC fabric, the reo sac is a frameless bladder tank that can be placed under a house or deck so that all of the rain that falls on the roof can be collected via a common in-flow pipe into the side of the reo sac. Multiple bladders can also be installed for maximum water storage. Guaranteed not to leak, the reo sac is backed by a 10-year guarantee from the Waterplex Group. For more information visit www.reosac.com.au greensmart 2009 9 no more paint down the drain Award-winning design team Solar Solutions Design offers high-quality services in energy-efficient design and products with more than 19 years experience. Each design -- whether contemporary, country or coastal -- is unique and focused on suiting the individuality of every site and creating sustainable design solutions. The company's award-winning 3D visualisation techniques ensure there are no surprises: clients can view the design, select colours and take a virtual tour of their new home before it's built. Recognised for their excellence in energy- efficient design, Solar Solutions won the HIA Building Designer of the Year award in 2007 and HIA GreenSmart Energy Efficiency award in 2008 (see page 30 for more). For more information call 0 9801 24 or visit www.solarsolutionsdesign.com.au ecodesign water ways Dulux Envirosolutions Waste Paint Hardener is a quick, mess-free and environmentally-responsible solution for disposing leftover water-based paint. The hardener is stirred into any remaining water-based paint or water-based timber finish and left for around two hours to solidify. The resulting hardened paint can then easily and safely be thrown into the bin. The hardener is available in both a 500g tub and a 25g sachet for smaller jobs. The 500g tub will solidify up to 10 litres of waste paint, and the sachet will solidify 500ml. For more information visit www.dulux.com.au