The (Sustainable) Case for Renovating Instead of Building

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While it’s many people’s dream to build a sustainable home from scratch, it can sometimes be kinder to the environment to take what you have already and retrofit with energy efficiency in mind. “Renovating a house is the ultimate ‘upcycling’ of an object and can lead to some creative outcomes,” says Kristine Somerfield of Field Design Studio. Australia has many great examples of historic houses, old worker’s cottages, weatherboards and ’70s brick veneers that have been successfully converted to dream homes.