Guide to sustainable homes
A great majority of Australians live in homes that work against the climate, rather than with it. These homes are energy inefficient, too cold or too hot and comparatively expensive to run.
Most homes use far more water than necessary, and can be made of materials that damage our health and the environment. Building a home using good design principles can save energy, water and money, while creating a more enjoyable and comfortable home.
The cost of implementing good design ranges from a net saving through to a significant up-front investment that will be repaid throughout the life of the home and increase its value in the future.
For information about developing and encouraging the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable see the Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes Your Home Technical Guide.
Other sustainable homes links and related information:
- Sub-tropical Building Design - practical housing guide for residents and the construction industry).
- DIP Sustainable Housing
- Bunnings Warehouse Sustainability
- Sustainable Homes - the Smart & Sustainable Homes program aims to provide communities throughout Queensland with display houses that practically include the principles of sustainable design.