Successful Sustainability Tips
Here at the Southern Star Group we love sustainability and helping out the earth as much as possible. We’ve complied some of the most effective tips to make your new home as sustainable as it can be.
Local Building Regulations
State, federal and local governments love greener buildings, so check the building guidelines and regulations that will 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.
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 beneficial in a hot climate as well as cool climate. Consider options such as using bulk insulation in the roof and 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.
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.
This is a great place to start when designing a new home with sustainability in mind. Remember to plan ahead to save the earths resources and a bit of money too!