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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
greensmart 2009 43 foil laminate is believed to be one of the most beneficial product ranges in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. All internal wall linings and the sub-floor are made from durable particleboard of different thickness (19mm and 22mm respectively), made by Laminex. The ceilings are built using another product from Laminex, EasyVJ. According to Jim, both of these products have been awarded the Good Environmental Choice License from the Australian Ecolabel Program. The insulation used in the roof space is another distinctive green feature of this home. Jim says the Air-Cell insulation is manufactured without the use of toxic or reactive adhesives, and is durable because there are no foreign properties to react and cause product degradation over its extended life. Equally important is that the timber framing is made of renewable and sustainable timber resources. The cladding is made from 100 per cent plantation resources, while all waste from the manufacturing process is either converted into energy or transformed into other products. For example, garden mulch is made from the leftover bark and pallets made from other waste. In the bathroom, Caroma's Smartflush toilet technology is used, which reduces water use to 3.5 litres for a full flush, saving up to 35,000 litres of water per year. The home also boasts a five-star continuous hot water system, and water-saving tapware and showerheads. Fluorescent lights -- which are around four times more efficient than incandescent lighting -- are used throughout, and 2500-litre slim-line water tanks stand at the end of the house for use on the garden. Gateway Constructions further reduces energy using Solar Block 2, while Solar Block windows provide protection from the harsh effects of the Australian sun. 'Almost 98 per cent of the design would have a green tick,' Jim says. 'We are proud of how environmental and how green it is. To win an Australian award and being from far north Queensland is an achievement in itself.' gs smarthomes ideas everyone can use • ensure all products and materials used in your project are sustainable and environmentally friendly • create a 'breathing wall' system using pivoting vents to improve cross-ventilation • include a vented ceiling and roof ridge funnel in your design to expel unwanted hot air. TOP & ABOVE: A transportable home no longer necessarily means compromising on space LEFT: Six 2500-litre slim-line water tanks collect water for the gardens Margaret O'Shane never expected her new house would attract so much attention. 'Because I'm a long-term resident of Holloways Beach, it generated a lot of interest from locals and visitors. Even the builders said they couldn't believe how much everyone was talking about it,' she says. The project arose after her sister Pat -- the leading aboriginal magistrate in Sydney -- started researching on the internet and came across Gabriel Poole's designs. Both liked his innovative designs and decided to contact Gateway Constructions to get the ball rolling. After tweaking the plans, such as building a verandah from her main bedroom, Margaret moved in 14 months ago, and since then has been enjoying her three-bedroom, two-bathroom house and having her grandchildren to stay. 'It's just magic,' she says. 'The whole building doesn't have airconditioning, and it really does work. It's just so lovely.' green life 'TO WIN AN AUSTRALIAN AWARD AND BEING FROM FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND IS AN ACHIEVEMENT IN ITSELF'