Whether you’re planning on buying, building or renovating, creating a comfortable, efficient, sustainable home or workplace that is economical to run, healthy to live in and adaptable to your changing needs is of utmost importance. Minimising the impact of your home or workplace on the environment comes down to five key factors:

1. Passive design

Naturally heating, cooling, lighting and ventilating your building can increase comfort and minimise energy consumption.

2. Materials

Minimise waste and select materials to minimise harmful health impacts.

3. Energy

Reduce energy consumption and, where possible, use renewable energy systems.

4. Water

Maximise rainwater catchment and minimise water use.

5. Building Adaptability

Consider your long-term needs and whether the building will be just as suitable for you now as it will in the future.

The Australian Government’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes, Your Home, is a fantastic resource for any project and we recommend you venture around the site to familiarise yourself with the variety of tools and techniques available to improve your building’s comfort. Be sure to ask us about specific methods mentioned if you’d like to know more and would like to consider a particular approach to environmentally sustainable design.