From roof colour to floor insulation, energy collection to energy consumption, a well-designed modern home means much more than having the latest colours, pendant lights or designer tiles.
When building a new home in New South Wales, or anywhere in Australia for that matter, sustainable housing features must be considered. Why? Firstly, for your bottom line it means you will save big money when it comes to your energy bills. Secondly, an energy-efficient build means your new home will have minimal impact on the environment, protecting Australia’s natural resources.
Some years ago the NSW Government Department of Planning and Infrastructure created BASIX (Building Sustainability Index), proclaimed as one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia. BASIX awards new homes a star rating for water use, greenhouse gas emissions due to energy consumption, as well as thermal comfort – and every single Jones Homes new build is designed to achieve a strong energy efficiency star rating.
Ratings and regulatory bodies aside, what does it all mean for your design?
When designing your new energy efficient Jones Homes build these are some of the most common decisions you are going to have to make to ensure your brand new house is stylish, energy efficient, and environmentally responsible, including:
A lighter-coloured roof can do wonders for reducing energy consumption in Australia’s warm climate. Gone are the days of dark red and brown/black coloured tiles. Light to medium-tone materials are now widely available and can help keep your energy bills down.
Insulation is important to help keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter without breaking the budget. The main areas of insulation you will need to consider are under roof (Anticon blanket or sarking) wall and floor. Depending on where in Australia your property is you will need bulk or reflective.
Showerheads, tap fittings, laundry appliances, dishwashers, rainwater tanks, irrigation systems and landscaping, can all reduce your water consumption. Look for products with a high WELS (Water Efficiency Labeling & Standards) rating and landscape with water efficient plants such as Australian natives.
Electricity is the most widely available, but can be expensive. Gas is often cheaper, plus it offers less greenhouse gas emissions, however it isn’t available for all properties. It pays to talk to your local energy providers to determine the option most suitable to your house.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) or solar panels can be expensive initially, however you can collect electricity to supplement your daily usage. Plus, if you don’t use the energy it can be fed back to the grid, with energy providers often giving financial incentives to do so.
Starting with the right block, then positioning the house on the property correctly, intelligent placement of windows, including energy efficient glazing and eaves, all combine to help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions while providing you with a comfortable new home all year round.
Our experienced design and construction team are dedicated to building quality energy efficient houses. In fact, our Projects Manager, Fyona Coulton is Greensmart accredited and is more than happy to answer all of your energy efficiency questions, whatever they might be.