8 Essential Tips for a Sustainable Home when Building or...



8 Essential Tips for a Sustainable Home when Building or Renovating.

Recently we wrote “8 Things For a Sustainable Home Essential Guide” on behalf of one of our lovely clients M&C Rose, who are a leading force in the rural building game, central NSW. Tom Rose, a creative builder, specialising in boutique homes and making a genuine difference with their Green Building practices. This lead magnet helped M&C Rose to generate quality leads and over 400 Facebook likes. 

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In a modern world, there’s no doubt homeowners are starting to find some sense in what it means to live Green. Global warming, Sustainability, and Climate Change are just a few buzz words circulating dinner tables and news feed on a regular basis.  

Creating sustainable homes is not just about being Green. Sustainable homes are more liveable, healthier and constructed using environmentally efficient materials.   

Homeowners are beginning to recognise being Green can be part of our daily lives and is becoming essential to reducing our impact on the world we live in. 

 Homes built with sustainability in mind, and when planned and constructed effectively, can help you sleep better at night, knowing you are making a difference, and save you money on water and energy bills! 

This will continue to make your home more cost-efficient over time. Building a sustainable home doesn’t have to be expensive and extravagant. You can get the best of both worlds at little to no additional cost. Here are a few starting tips to consider. 

1. Sustainable building materials.

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When choosing materials for your home building or renovation project, choose environmentally friendly, local products that utilise renewable materials. Salvaged or recycled materials such as timber aren’t just better for the environment, they also add a natural warmth to the home too. Everything in your home from kitchen countertops to flooring can be sourced sustainably. Check product labels carefully as claims such as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ may only contain a small percentage of natural ingredients. Consider the toxicity levels of the materials you source as well as there are biodegradable options and materials that eliminate VOCs.

2. Sustainable Building Features.

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Sustainable building features like green walls and facades can create a cleaner and healthier environment and spectacular, unique designs ideas. Windows that are energy efficient can make your home more comfortable and significantly reduce your energy bills. As windows can be one of the high-cost ticket items for renovating or building a home, it’s important you research what solution is right for your needs. Other sustainable building features can include the use of solar panels, landscaping elements, and skylights to encourage a better flow of natural light. 

3. Insulate it! 

Sustainable homes need effective insulation to keep your property cool in summer and warm in winter. Approximately 50 percent of your home’s energy consumption is from cooling and heating through air leaks around windows and doors. By ensuring your interior spaces are well insulated, you’ll be cutting down on those dreaded rising electricity bills too. Adding insulation to walls, floors, and ceilings can make your home more sustainable. 

5. Resources 

Use Local! To be sustainable means to minimize your footprint by using the resources that are within your area. Part of this involves using local materials, the other part is transportation, how they are made, where your materials come from and how far your builders are traveling.  - Are materials available or manufactured near you? - Will they stand the test of time? 

7. Water Use and Reuse.Re-think 

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Re-engineer your plumbing to suit water usage and gain independence from town supply! Water systems can be designed to capture rainwater and reuse it for your everyday household needs, including water for drinking. You can also put your wastewater to use for gardens and septic systems.  Australia is one of the driest continents on Earth and in most rural communities, rainwater is the only supply of water for human consumption. Australians and many other cultures have used rainwater as their primary water source for hundreds of years, however, it is advised to use a water filter to ensure your drinking water is safe.  

8. Work with a sustainably minded building company.

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If building a green home is your goal, it’s important you are working with environmentally friendly methods. If you’re looking to build a sustainable home in rural New South Wales, be sure to contact M&C Rose Master Builders, specialists in Boutique Sustainable Building Designs in Australia.  Phone: Tom on 0428 771 123

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