Building a sustainable home

Building a sustainable home has many benefits, not only for the environment but the homeowner as well. One of the ways you can ensure sustainable practices is to consider passive-solar design.

Passive design takes advantage of the existing climate, incorporating features like thermal-efficient design, glazing, insulation and smaller floor plans, the latter of which frees up more budget for architectural features and higher-quality products. Meanwhile, solar provides an alternative energy source, harnessing the natural energy of the Australian sun to power your home and reducing ongoing electricity costs. Water storage tanks are another step you can take to become self-reliant.

However, that’s not all you can do. Investing in high-quality home, in both materials and workmanship means a longer-lasting property and a reduced need for ongoing maintenance and renovations. In the last 20 years, many architects and builders have dropped to minimum standards in an effort to compete in the marketplace. We are currently seeing houses less than ten years old being demolished and new homes taking their place – a non-sustainable outcome and a poor investment long term.

A Verdé home is designed for comfort, climate and orientation, and addresses a broad understanding of sustainability, including energy, water and lifecycle maintenance. Through smart design, long-lasting building materials and high-quality construction methods, we are able to prolong the life of the home well beyond the minimum standards. Contact Verdé by entering your details contact us or call us on (03) 9836 2000 to arrange an obligation-free design consultation meeting with specialist Verdé consultant.