The eco-friendly movement has been embraced by architects and builders alike, giving Australians more options to reduce their home’s eco-footprint. We look at some of the best.
Queensland – head north for green designs
North Queensland builder Kenick Constructions took out the 2013 Housing Industry Association (HIA) award for GreenSmart Display Home. The award-winning Haven 2 design includes important passive design features like insulation and ventilation ideally suited to the far north Queensland climate. According to the HIA, The Haven 2 includes water and energy efficient appliances throughout to deliver ongoing savings to both the occupant and the environment.
ACT – home follows the sun
The HIA’s 2013 GreenSmart Home of the Year award went to a home named ‘Girasole’ meaning ‘to follow the sun’. This extraordinary ACT home is constructed on a motorised turntable controlled by a touch screen panel, so that it can literally follow the sun to suit the home owner’s needs. The home was designed and built by MAG Constructions and DNA Architects.
New South Wales – a home that hugs the land
A home in the NSW border town of Bethanga took out the 2013 Master Builders Association (MBA) NSW Award for Energy Efficiency Housing. The MBA describes the home as a fully ground-connected concrete structural tub, with extensive insulation and sealing against air leakage. Natural surface finishes mean there is no plasterboard or paint used in the home and the building is constructed to existing land contours – resulting in zero tree removal, no pollution of waterways or other damage. Rain water is harvested from the roof and an onsite grid interactive photovoltaic system provides electricity to the home and to the grid.
The Master Builders Association of Victoria bestowed its 2013 Best Sustainable Energy Home Award on a home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Seddon. Designed by Positive Footprints, the home’s building materials were selected to save energy and natural resources, or are taken from sustainable sources. The design features include high performing windows, high insulation levels and clerestory (above eye level) windows for additional natural lighting.
If you’re looking for green credentials in the west, it’s hard to go past Satterley Property Group’s Austin Lakes estate on the Peel Inlets located 45 minutes south of Perth. The master-planned estate won the coveted Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) 2013 Environmental Excellence Award, and the 271-hectare development will comprise over 3,000 residential lots when completed.
For simple ideas on how to make your home more eco-friendly, take a look at the government’s Living Greener website at www.livinggreener.gov.au.
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