At the Southern Star Group, we love sustainability and helping the Earth as much as we can.
And why wouldn't we? Living sustainably not only saves the planet, but it can save you money. We've compiled six tips that will help you make your new home as sustainable as possible.
1. Local Building Regulations
State, Federal and Local governments love greener buildings, so check the building guidelines and regulations that apply to your home. Several councils impose mandatory environmentally friendly inclusions like water tanks or insulation that will be required when building your new home.
Bushfire safety is also an important element that affects the materials you can use and the construction of any dwelling.
Architects can incorporate design elements that minimise energy without compromising style or comfort. Good examples include increasing the natural light and generating good airflow.
3. Sustainable Materials
Using sustainable materials such as reclaimed, or sustainably farmed timber and recycled stone ensure the construction of your home has minimal impact on the earth’s resources.
Well-insulated homes are better at keeping a consistent temperature all year round. They stop the heat and cold from leaving, reducing reliance on heating and air-conditioning, which cuts down on energy costs. Insulation is as beneficial in a hot climate as it is in a cool one. Options like bulk insulation in the roof, double brick walls with reflective insulation within the air cavity.
Typically, homes will use glass fibre or mineral wool for insulation in the roof. But for added environmental efficiency there is recycled polyester, wool or cellulose fibre.
5. The Elements
Solar panels help the environment while saving you a lot of money on your energy bills. They may even add value to your home. Alternatives also exist such as wind power and geothermal, both of which leave a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional energy provider methods.
Locations may limit what options can be used so consult with your architect, builder and council to utilise the elements to your full advantage.
Greywater - the wastewater from your shower, washing machine, dishwasher and other appliances - can be utilised to water gardens. Collecting rainwater and filling tanks is also a great way to harness this recyclable resource.
If you'd like to talk to the experts about glazing options to complement your sustainable new home, get in touch with us here.