Building sustainable and energy-efficient homes

As sustainable homes become more desirable to owners and buyers alike, we look at what’s involved in building one of your own.

Sustainable homes reduce our carbon footprint and help to minimise our impact on the environment. And they’re good for the hip pocket, too, as an efficient design can help to lower a home’s ongoing energy costs. For these reasons, homes that combine sustainable principles with cutting-edge design can be more desirable to future buyers, leading to higher resale values. Given all these benefits, sustainable homes will surely become mainstream in the future, bringing a real revolution to the way we live.

But exactly what makes a home sustainable, eco-friendly or energy-efficient? There are many ways to incorporate these practices into a design, and the direction you take is entirely up to you. At We Build Australia, we pride ourselves on showing you the options available and helping you choose the right ones for your project and lifestyle. Here are some of the factors that we consider…

Energy efficiency

Reducing a home’s energy consumption is at the very heart of sustainable building techniques. The aim is to allow a home to use as little energy as possible, and even to be able to produce its own energy, for example by using solar panels. Other ways to help a home become more energy efficient include increasing the quality of ventilation and insulation, installing double-glazed doors and windows, and using efficient appliances and lighting.

Sustainable materials

It goes without saying that an eco-friendly home uses a careful selection of materials during both construction and furnishing. By using sustainable, locally sourced and even recycled materials, energy and waste may be minimised.

Passive design

Don’t be fooled by the name: passive design isn’t lazy – in fact, it helps your home to work harder than ever! Passive design looks at the local climate to take advantage of its natural sunlight, shade and airflow. Design – including orientation, ventilation, insulation, shading and glazing – is then customised to suit the climate, allowing the home to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round. By letting in heat during the cold months and preventing overheating in the summer, very little is needed in the way of artificial heating or cooling.

Need advice on building an energy efficient home? Give us a call at We Build Australia.

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