“It’s not easy being green”. Sorry, Kermit, you’re wrong – at least when it comes to building an ehome. There’s no better time to reduce your environmental footprint and slash your energy bills – forever.
While every new home must meet minimum energy efficiency standards, there’s potential to take it a whole lot further. Not only do you stand to gain on reduced energy bills, but a report in the Herald-Sun said that interest in energy efficient homes was rising, and may add to the value of a home.
Decide upfront; communicate early
If energy efficiency is on your radar, you’ll achieve the best results if you commit to the idea at the very earliest stages of your building project: as you’re choosing land and creating a home design. Your builder and designer then have the chance to provide a full range of ideas and options.
When it comes to land and overall design, you’ll need to think about aspect and house orientation. Ideally, you want living areas to be north-facing to soak up winter sun; to limit windows on the east and west (or shade them well); and allow for cross-ventilation. You might choose to locate service areas like the garage and laundry in areas that would normally require extra heating or cooling.
Size does matter when it comes to sustainability. It’s important to choose a floor plan that’s just what you need; without unnecessary extra spaces. You might decide to forgo a media room, or a second living area for example.
Then there’s smart use of space. By creating zoned areas of rooms with similar uses, you can save on heating and cooling costs. With high ceilings and open plan designs, creative solutions can limit the energy drain: such as well-placed doors or room-dividing screens.
G.J. Gardner Homes designs can be easily adapted and customised to provide additional energy efficiency. In some areas, we offer the Balance range of highly efficient homes, which provide adaptable features, great looks and floor plans that work with narrow blocks.
The design decisions you make are critical: they’ll impact your heating, cooling and water costs for years to come.
The Balance range of house designs are highly energy efficient.
This is where your builder can become your eco buddy. If you make it clear that efficiency is a priority, your builder can offer additional choices such as:
Advice on materials selection for walls, roofs and floors to add to energy efficiency and decrease maintenance
Additional insulation, for the house and for areas such as skylights
Solar hot water and solar power. New technology means you can now store solar energy and manage energy usage proactively