The Aussie homeowner’s dream was at one time simply to own your own patch of land, with 3 bedroom cottage and picket fence proudly perched on top. However, the culmination of a series of natural disasters in Australia and the COVID crisis has seen a new community-minded consumer emerge, eager to actively contribute to the health of the planet. In turn, there is a rise in interest in sustainable building practises for the aspiring home builder however knowing where to start can be quite daunting.
In our latest blog, New England Waste explores some of the latest trends in sustainable home building and ways you can incorporate these into you new build.
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, one of the most cost-efficient domestic renewable energy sources is solar power. This not only reduces the cost burden for residents but also contributes to improving the planet. Choosing appliances and light bulbs that are energy efficient are just some of the ways new home owners can reduce their carbon footprint and save money on the quarterly energy bill.
Whilst many new home owners are more concerned with deciding between subway or herringbone tiles than insulation, placing this unsung hero at the top of your priorities list will pay big dividends in the long run. Quality insulation provides a barrier between your home and insanely hot or cold temperatures, meaning less money spent on heating and cooling, a more environmentally friendly footprint and more comfortable lifestyle.
Are your building materials up to green-code?
Choosing the materials your home is built out of should be geographically-influenced.
Heavy concrete and brick will absorb and release heat slowly, diminishing the effect of rapid temperature changes. Lightweight construction methods, such as brick veneer and timber or fibre boards, work better in hot and humid conditions.