Sustainable Living - Improve Your Home's Green Rating
Friday, 10 July 2015 3:13 PM
Temperatures are on the rise – along with household living costs. So whether you are building a new family home or an investment property, it makes good financial sense to invest in sustainable design and construction.
Sustainable construction reduces your home's impact on the environment and also contributes to its long-term value: greater environmental awareness among homebuyers and renters is leading to higher demand for homes with sustainable features and lower electricity and water consumption.
Here are some simple ways to improve your new home's green rating:
Let there be light
Ask your G.J. Gardner Homes new home consultant for home designs that feature open-plan living with plenty of natural flow. Open spaces will maximise your home's use of natural light, which can greatly reduce your electricity bills; they also promote good ventilation and cross breezes, which will reduce your reliance on air-conditioning.
All about aspect
Your new home consultant can also help you design your new home to maximise the aspect and elevation of your block. For example, a few clever customisations to your floor plan might limit exposure to the afternoon sun, which will make a big difference during the warmer months.
Choosing the right building materials is crucial to sustainable house design. Appropriate insulation will help keep your property at a comfortable level year round, while double-glazed or tinted windows can keep the hot sun out. Ask your new home consultant for advice on which materials best suit your design. Also opt for appliances with a high WELS or energy star rating – homebuyers often look for these when inspecting properties.