Increasingly, homeowners are becoming aware of their role in the move towards sustainability. If that sounds like you, you will be pleased to discover that sustainability and livability go hand in hand. Most often, the sustainable choices you make while building your home will also contribute to its comfort and design appeal. Building sustainably is not as hard as it sounds. In a majority of cases, it simply involves thinking carefully about each of your choices. It needn’t be expensive or difficult and your home builder will be able to offer you some great advice throughout the process.
Consider the Aspect of your Home
This is probably the most important part of sustainable home building. Aspect essentially refers to the placement of your home on a block of land. This means the direction in which it faces. This sounds simple, and for the most part it is, but there are still a few things to consider. The idea behind choosing the aspect of your home is to maximise the natural light without allowing glare in. However, if there is a particular view on which you are looking to capitalise, that will also be deciding factor. This is where it pays to speak with an expert. Your home builder will be able to offer you some great pointers in terms of your home’s aspect.
Insulation is Key to Sustainable Energy Consumption
Sustainability is almost synonymous with energy consumption. If you can successfully minimise your energy consumption, you are well on your way to developing a sustainable home. But how can you do this? There are many ways to minimise energy consumption and some are more effective than others. To work out the best approach, think about the cause of your energy consumption. In an area like Canberra, heating probably comes to mind. To reduce the energy used to heat your home, you need to find alternative ways of warming it. The best way is good insulation. Insulation alone may not get you through the depths of winter, but it will drastically improve your energy consumption. Even if you do need the heater, it will only have to work a fraction as hard.
Consider the Building Products you use
Building products are another great way to improve your home’s sustainability. If you opt for cheaper, lower quality building materials, then your maintenance requirements will increase. As your home ages, you will have to spend money and time repairing the parts of your home that have deteriorated. If you incorporate the best quality materials, right from the start, then you will improve sustainability in this regard.
Make Use of Outdoor Living Spaces
Australia is famous for its outdoor lifestyle, and you should make the most of it. Even though Canberra does have notoriously cold winters, and even summers at times, outdoor living spaces are a good idea. These areas promote sustainability by reducing your energy consumption. The time you spend in an alfresco dining area or living space, is time spent consuming less energy – even if it’s just for a little while each day. It also makes for a better lifestyle.
Be Strategic with your Window Placement
Finally, consider your window placement. There is a fine balance to be struck when it comes to windows in your Canberra home. Obviously windows are very important in any home, but they also account for a lot of the heat lost during winter. That is where their placement, and the materials from which they are made, come into play. By choosing the right materials and position your windows well, you can reduce the heat lost from your home. This will reduce your energy consumption, without compromising the great views or natural light of your block.
For more useful home building tips, contact the experts at Dixon Homes Canberra today on 1300 101 010.