“Sustainability is no longer about tying yourself to a tree and showering once a week…”

Dreaming of a sustainable home? Dreaming of a budget that permits? Turn your dreams into a Sustainable Recipe Home!

Sustainable Recipe Housing is a unique concept that makes the dream of a sustainable home a possibility for everyone! At Sustainable, our team largely pride ourselves on our unique module houses or “recipe homes”.Wall2

These stunning homes are constructed from pre-designed modules in order to ultimately cut construction costs, allowing those with a restricted budget to achieve a beautiful home to best suit their lifestyle.

Flexible and adaptable to your specific wants and needs, recipe homes can be tailored to perfectly compliment your site, wish list and most importantly, your dream lifestyle, whatever, and wherever, that may be.

At Sustainable, we believe the most important aspect is to ensure our homes are immersed in the natural site and always ‘touching the earth lightly.’ We believe each room should take full advantage of its surroundings, ultimately offering beautiful light and ventilation, naturally!

Sustainable Recipe Homes utilise passive heating and cooling as much as possible, and enable a focus on a more relaxed, simplistic lifestyle. Clients can be reassured that the home is energy efficient, economical and environmentally aware.

As CEO Brett McKenzie says, “Sustainability is no longer about tying yourself to a tree and showering once a week. Sustainability is achievable through smarter choices, not sacrifice.” Our Sustainable Recipe Homes perfectly encapsulate luxury, sustainable living through modern, contemporary and leading edge design.

Sustainable by Remote Locations named Winner of the Excellence in Sustainable Living Award

July 8th – What a great night for the Sustainable team and our valued, repeat clients, Vicki and Darren!


Nominated for Excellence in Sustainable Living, Sustainable by Remote Locations are thrilled to say our spectacular McLaughlin Home brought home a victory!

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Being recipients of Dual 2004 QMBA Awards for Vicki and Darren’s first Sustainable home, it brings us great pride to once again be able to share this exciting achievement with such valued and long time clients.


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About the McLaughlin Home

The McLaughlin Home displays our strong Sustainable philosophies, attention to detail and sophistication, which has allowed us to lead in the ‘design and construct’ arena of low energy/passive powerful architecture and is showcased in this stunning home.

The home is uplifting, comforting and perfectly suits the lifestyle of Vicki and Darren, who expect and respect their visitors and family’s need for space and enjoyment!


McLaughlin 4The McLaughlin home is a monument of individualism and a place of refuge, while offering a solid family foundation to encourage a simpler and more honest society!

And WOW! What about that view! So close to the city you can almost touch it!!!


GET YOUR FIX – Australian House & Garden

Undertake some smart retrofits and you can boost your home’s sustainability, writes Sarah Pickette.

Building regulations require today’s new homes to be more eco-friendly than ever before. But if, like most Australians, you’re not living in a freshly constructed home, you’ll need to embrace retrofitting if you want to improve your home’s environmental cred. “A lot of homeowners are daunted by the word ‘retrofit’,” says Brett McKenzie, CEO of Sustainable, a Queensland building design and construction firm specialising in such modifications. “They assume it’s going to be an expensive and complicated process. But retrofitting just means updating your home with the technology and materials we have available to us today. It’s making small but effective improvements within the bounds of your existing home’s design.”

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of what works best, says McKenzie, but he believes in improving every home’s passive solar design by exploiting it’s orientation and ensuring it’s eaves and exterior shading are up to the job, and facilitating good cross-ventilation.

Air-leakage prevention is the number-one retrofit suggested to homeowners by Nick Mayo, sustainability adviser and owner of Canberra’s Sustainable House. “It is so important to draught-proof your home. Air gaps around doors, windows, vents and even power points are the cause of so much energy wastage.” He advises choosing quality seals for doors, which cost more but could last up to 30 years. Insulation is the next thing to check, says Mayo. “Get an infrared camera and take pictures of your home’s exterior. Using thermal images, you can determine the amount of heat loss from your walls and roof, and pinpoint exactly where the greatest losses are occurring.” If you identify major weak spots, blow-in insulation for your walls can be very effective, he adds, noting that rockwool is his preferred material.

Both McKenzie and Mayo agree that putting in photo-voltaic panels or a solar hot-water system is a smart move because it pays for itself in a couple of years and minimises energy costs after that.

New Heights for Sustainability

Advanced Energy Now In The Big Leagues


Recent statistics have revealed that the market for innovative energy products and services is now as large as the fashion and clothing industry in the US.

Last year saw record growth in this industry worldwide, up by about 15% since 2013 and boasting a reported revenue of US $1.3 Trillion dollars.

Advanced energy spans right across a number of segments with building efficiency being the largest.

This is really exciting for us, the great news shows a combined, global effort to becoming more sustainable.

If you’d like to get in touch to see how we can help with the sustainable design and construction of your home, from landscaping to recipe houses click here.

More info at – Green Tech Media

Welcome To The Future

The Sand Tower Town

Arcology in the Sahara

French architectural design firms Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes have put together a concept for a huge arcology in Morrocco, in the Saharan desert.  La Tour des Sables would be a self contained city that rises 1,400 feet above the ground. This would include space for living, agricultural and working units.


They have mentioned 2025 as a date to begin building. Whether or not this stunning design actually gets built; this is a fascinating look into what large eco- sustainable buildings could look like in the future.

Click here for more info. 

Australia’s Most Sustainable Cities

Melbourne & Sydney – Great for Coffee, Not for Sustainability

Some of Australia’s most popular cities have taken a beating lately when statistics revealed neither Melbourne or Sydney were in the top 5 most sustainable cities in Australia.

Our closest major city Brisbane however faired quite well! Last year Brisbane and Darwin were named as Australia’s most sustainable cities.

This was based on Brisbane’s high ranking for health and high scores for biodiversity, water and sustainable development. Through its Green Heart program, Brisbane City Council aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2026.

Well done Brisbane!

Brisbane city reflected in the river at sunset with colored lights

Source: Green Lifestyle Mag & Brisbane Times


Individual Home at Moreton Island

This archetypal house built on one of Queensland’s beautiful sub-tropical islands promotes the comfortable and relaxed style enjoyed by only its few lucky inhabitants, it also stands as one fine example of Sustainable Houses. Purpose designed and hand constructed it creates a form which is simplistic in approach however sophisticatedly encapsulates the essence of modern living to provide enjoyment of the wonderful lifestyle we often take for granted.

This single level house represents the essence of the traditional Queenslanders and is an integration of beauty, practicality, passive solar design and ventilation, resource efficiency and craftsmanship. It remains close to nature and in harmony with the surrounding environment whilst maximising the views of the surrounding landscape it nestles into. [Read more…]

Growing more sustainable communities

Much has been achieved over the last two decades to improve the environmental performance of buildings and infrastructure, but it is still early days in our understanding of how we can shape more sustainable builders communities within the built environment.

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Sanctuary Magazine issue 12 – Doing your Block

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Jane Canaway

Finally the builders have left, the painting’s done and even the carpets and furniture are in. But as the sun sets on your first day of new home-ownership, there’s an increasingly worrisome blot on your landscape – a so-called ‘garden’ full of nothing but clay and rocks.

Many new home owners find they are not only starting from scratch with no plants – some have been left with no topsoil, either. [Read more…]

Yangan Cash & Carry


Yangan Cash and Carry (YCC) is a Sustainable commitment which allows the residents of Yangan a place to shop, meet and buy local products. Its sole focus is on the community, encouraging the sale of local produce, offering local delivery to residents and a encouraging sustainability.

Sustainable has injected an enormous amount of capital into the YCC because they believe in the importance of community and providing a meeting venue for the residents to meet, socialise and interact on a daily basis.

Sustainable YCC have been involved in local sponsorship of events including a charity horse ride, which raised much needed funds for the local school at Yangan. Read the full article here.

  • Check out the great things that are happening in the Yangan community here.
  • And stay connected through their group on Facebook.

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