How to build a sustainable home

Stockland communities are designed with sustainability in mind. You can reduce your impact on the environment even further – and potentially save money over time – with these sustainable house design ideas.

When building your dream home, a few simple considerations around sustainability can make a big difference. 

Sustainability and Stockland communities 

Stockland communities are leading the way in sustainability and liveability. With easy access to public transport, your daily commute can be much more environmentally friendly. Parks, walking and running tracks and proximity to the likes of schools and shopping centres add to the sustainable way of life. 

As a member of the Green Building Council of Australia since 2004, Stockland has actively shaped the development of the Green Star rating tools that set the standards for sustainability.  

Sustainability at home


Smart heating and cooling home designs

Choosing the right size home for your needs and having a great design can significantly reduce heating and cooling needs and costs. Tips include: 

  • Be mindful of windows picking up breezes.
  • Protect bedrooms and main living areas from the warm afternoon sun.


Gas, electricity or solar power?

Gas is cheaper and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity. However, you can still build a house powered solely by electricity and make financial and environmental savings. 

Solar panels on the roof produce clean energy and lower bills, allowing you to recoup the costs over time. A battery connected to the panels not only lets you store power to save you even more money on electricity usage, but you may even be able to sell that stored power back to the grid. 

Appliances and their impact on your energy usage

Buying appliances such as fridges, freezers, tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers with a high-star energy rating use less energy and water. This not only makes them cheaper to run, but also helps you reduce greenhouse emissions and air pollutants. 

Saving water 

Using rainwater in your garden and for outside activities like washing the car is a win-win in terms of cost and environmental impact. Ensuring all taps in the home are leak-free is also beneficial. 

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