Sustainable ideas to talks to your builder about.
Finding the right home isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s also about ensuring that your investment is economical, sustainable and flexible for various lifestyle factors in the future.
There a range of sustainability standards that your new home can follow, all of which have the potential to provide real benefits to you in the long run by saving you money on bills and reducing your impact on the environment.
We’ve compiled a handy list of things to talk to your builder about.
Saving on heating and cooling
Choosing the right size home for your needs and having a great design will significantly reduce the need for heating and cooling. Be mindful of windows picking up breezes. Make sure bedrooms and main living areas are protected from the warm afternoon sun. This will reduce energy bills and ensure that each room isn’t receiving harsh lighting or suffering from overheating.
Opt for gas and solar power
Power bills can skyrocket if you’re not using alternate energy sources. Instead of electricity, try using gas – it’s cheaper and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
Solar power is also a great option, as it produces clean energy and the incredible savings mean that the system will be paying for itself in just a few years.
Choose energy star home appliances
Investing in appliances with high star ratings will save you a lot of money in the future. Energy Star certified goods, such as refrigerators and washing machines, save you tonnes of money by using less water and energy, helping you reduce greenhouse emissions and air pollutants.
Speaking with your builder can help make your home more comfortable. - Katherine Featherstone, Sustainability Manager
Make running your home affordable
Wherever possible, use the fan instead of the air-conditioning and continue to be water-wise to keep saving money.
If you buy closer to the CBD, chances are you’re purchasing an older home without all the modern conveniences you crave, and with higher possibility of repairs and maintenance.
Consider building your own home further out from the city to capitalise on innovative design options and your personal preferences. Building your dream home might be a lot easier than you think.
Make building your home sustainable
Sustainable living practices are a sure-fire way save money and reduce damage to the environment. If you’re wondering how to make your home more sustainable in the building stages, look into new building practices, alternative materials, energy-smart appliances and even the orientation of your home.
If you’re keen to know what else can be added to your home for sustainable living practices, have a chat to your builder to see what they recommend.
Choose a masterplanned community
A sustainable home in a masterplanned living community can be a lot more self-sufficient than houses in older suburbs. This is because your dream home will be built to utilise various surroundings such as parks, shopping centres, schools and growing job opportunities.
Masterplanned communities are also built to be in close proximity to public transport and walking and cycling paths to reduce the use of cars. Living in a developing suburb ensures that you will be surrounded by ever-evolving options to suit your lifestyle needs.
Look for green star rating tools
Since 2004, Stockland has been a member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and is leading the way in sustainability and liveability. Stockland has been an active participant in the shaping of policy and development of the Green Star rating tools. Green Star tools are used across all our business units in both the design and development stages of the project lifecycle.
The final word
As you can see, when building your first home, a few simple changes and considerations can have a massive effect on the sustainability of your Australian Dream. To learn more about Stockland’s corporate sustainability, view our Asset Ratings and Certification document.
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