Sophia Macrae shares about her really interesting journey, from constructing her sustainable Iris House to her current job working on government policy to improve energy efficiency outcomes
WELCOME TO SEASON 4 | EPISODE 56
Building the extraordinarily energy efficient and affordable Iris House
with Sophia Macrae
SUSTAINABILITY IS AFFORDABLE AND ACHIEVABLE
What I love most is how Sophia’s passion drives her career and life choices. As a single parent, Sophia is driven by security for her son, sustainability and affordability.
IN THIS PODCAST WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
Sophia shares how she constructed her own first home, to achieve an as-built 7.7 NatHERS rating, which increased to around 8 Stars with a really interesting and (positively!) kooky post-construction installation of wine-bottle walls.
Sophia has a good base of knowledge through her town planning degree but she also taught herself a lot about how to build efficiently. She shares how the Renew and Sanctuary Magazines, as well as the Your Home publication, helped her on her journey. She also recommends that working with an energy efficiency professional early on makes a big difference.
Sophia shares how she started out considering Structural insulated panels (SIPs) panel and the issues and concerns she faced using these that meant she had to abort that building method.
She talks us through why she chose to install double-glazed windows that are thermally broken and the difference these have made in her home.
Sophia shares that in the future there will both be more support and more requirements for homes to be more energy efficient, and recommends everyone is on the front end of the curve when it comes to sustainability. She also reveals that there will be significant resources coming out on both the State and Commonwealth levels of government to support professionals move to more sustainable solutions.
Sophia proves that sustainability is affordable and achievable!
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