Employing an architect ensures your new home suits your needs and lifestyle. Pick one who specialises in sustainable architecture and you can also be assured your home will be energy efficient, healthy to live in, and kind on the environment. They'll consider things such as:
While the minimum required energy rating for new homes is 6, the national NatHERS system provides a method for rating homes on a scale of zero to 10, based on energy needed to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Location and orientation play a big role, with sustainable design carefully considering the size and placement of windows to allow cross ventilation, shelter from heat in summer, and passive solar benefits during winter.
Eco friendly materials
Heavily industrialised building materials aren't usually eco friendly, so sustainable architecture seeks to integrate materials that are/can be recycled, have low embodied energy, or can negate their carbon footprint over their life. Occupant health and wellbeing is also considered, with preference for low emission finishes such as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and E0 (low formaldehyde) materials.
Prefabrication of homes is increasing in popularity because it saves time and cost, but it's also a sustainable way to build. The sustainable architect will look to avoid building waste and site disturbance, especially when in a sensitive environment.
Typically your architect creates your design, then a builder is commissioned to build it. This can be a long and expensive process. But what if there were affordable ready to go options, combining sustainable design, materials and building methods?
That's exactly what was achieved when Enduring Domain Architecture joined forces with HIA Greensmart builder Timberset to create the 8 star capable ECO range. Timberset build solid timber homes from responsibly sourced plantation timber that naturally breathe and store carbon for life. They're not just beautiful, but make you feel good too. Additional features include:
- Modular design
- Thermally broken double glazed windows
- Superior insulation
- Ceiling fans (living)
- Surface mounted downlights
- Low VOC paint, E0 cabinetry
This advertising feature is sponsored by Timberset Homes.