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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
ddie Homsy wanted to set a benchmark: 'To prove that you could transform very old buildings but be absolutely green about it,' he says. 'Australia's entire housing stock could ultimately become more sustainable by encouraging more resource-efficient renovations.' Luckily, his client -- an architect -- shared his vision too, and she commissioned him to renovate her property, a worker's cottage dating from the 1880s in the Sydney suburb of Enmore. She bought it as an investment about five years ago, and it was the perfect target for Eddie to make his point. It was a successful vision: Eddie's company, Eden Projects, has won the HIA GreenSmart Home of the Year. Prior to the renovation, the particularly small property -- one in a row of four identical cottages at 4mx30m -- presented a number of challenges. A tight rear lane made HIA's GreenSmart Home of the Year sets a new standard for environmentally responsible renovations. > worker's cottage transformation story > Annie Reid E greensmart 2010 19 access difficult, while its location in a draft conservation area meant that the appearance of the house from the street had to be retained. It was also quite dilapidated. The brief was to add another bathroom, and improve the interior space, function and layout without significantly altering the building or environmental footprint. 'You can really sense the transformation,' Eddie says. 'You look at the nature of the street where you can feel the heritage; however, as you walk in the front door you can tell it's been modernised -- but in a sensitive way. And that's a good feeling.' 'AUSTRALIA'S ENTIRE HOUSING STOCK COULD BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE BY ENCOURAGING MORE RESOURCE- EFFICIENT RENOVATIONS'