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The temperature in the house is constant, at between 20° and 23°C focus on some of the more important things,” says Matt. “At the design the landscaping. Part of the stage, we decided to challenge assumptions about size, so have made so we aimed for 25 percent, the home more compact by giving some areas dual purposes and, of and mature trees. course, this has knock-on effects for things like energy use.” Matt suggested the family think about their choice of appliances based “And now that we have m properties – mostly with less not only on the upfront cost, but also on long-term costs like energy and and natural with its extensiv water consumption. native trees will attract birds Acoustic protection, particularly from street noise, was important to the Durbins. With advice from the Homestar Assessor, the house uses high levels of insulation and solid-core, rather than hollow, doors, and this really helps reduce noise transmission, Murray says. A good indoor-outdoor flow was also important to the family, so by including large French doors and a covered pergola, they can sit outside, even in the rain. There’s space for the children to play, protected from the On a practical note, Murra programme. “The best way to tackle it stage, so you think about th from the start. Changing thin more expensive,” he says. “The cost of the Homestar sun – a polycarbonate roof over the pergola cuts out 95 percent of the documentation and so on – UV light. And I believe this cost will be “Another thing that Homestar made us put much more thought into was 13 we are making on our energy