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Payoffs to you

Households contemplating sustainable performance have conventional expectations about the benefits that can be captured; as being a balance to the complexity and capital costs.

The gains being sought include –

  • that living comfort will be more easily achieved for longer time periods
  • that recurrent living costs will be lower.

Well conceived and implemented sustainable development can also achieve other unexpected positive outcomes –

  • greater awareness about the potential of the holistic environment of locality, land, garden, building and systems to achieve comfort, well being, satisfaction
  • increased tie of custodianship across generations between the built form and householders

These social aspects of sustainable development tend to be undervalued and not discussed.

The example in the photo is Bob & Jenny Teasdale in their Pelican Lagoon home. The family connections are manifest in this home, because they all chose to embed emblematic aspects of each generation into the home during its construction. So there are cubby-hole in joinery, family mementos in the building fabric.


Including Jonathon’s geologist rock samples embedded in the house rear wall where the corridor links along the earth berm limestone wall constructed by Tom Appleby.

Thus a conversation ensues between the visitor and the home – this is who we are, these things we believe, hold dear.

These things enable the home to have integrated custodianship for coming generations. These elements contribute to validating the resource input to creating this piece of the sustainable built environment.

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