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GREEN RENOVATION Even a century-old cottage can be renovated for warmth and sustainability – without costing the earth They ev Like many Kiwi families, Andrea and Richard Davison of Auckland were So o acutely aware their 1926 workingman’s cottage was cold and draughty. Alex Re So when it came to renovating, they were as focused on warmth and profess sustainability, as on making the house more attractive. plumbe Pre-r typical Alex “We have young twins, so wanted our home to be cosy and healthy. owners And sustainability was important to us too,” says Andrea. “We wanted a you can renovation that would be energy efficient, and use less water.” They had “And some challenges, as the house faces south – not ideal for thermal gain from the sun. Undeterred, they worked as many sustainable elements into CASE STUDY ONE poorly- Buildin the project as they could. The new extension at the back of the cottage was fitted with above- attentio code insulation in ceilings and under the floor, and double glazing, a highe Environmental Choice certified and low VOC materials – including kitchen minimu cabinetry and paint – and recycled materials were used where possible. 10 The D