New benchmark for sustainable living
Builders and developers are taking a more eco-friendly approach to save energy, writes Ben Hyde.
GREEN is slowly starting to become the new black for builders and developers, as housing estates around town take a more eco-friendly approach. Developments including Lochiel Park at Campbelltown, Beyond Today at Hayborough and the recently approved Murraylands Life at Murray Bridge have all taken an eco-sensitive approach.
Master Builders Association chief executive officer Rob Stewart says consumers are slowly gravitating towards green living.
‘‘I think as an industry, we have to take the lead in demonstrating the benefits of 6-star or more energy ratings and other building aspects that will save energy costs,’’ he says.
‘‘We are trying to educate builders and consumers about the benefits of building green.
Mr Stewart says green living should become more prevalent in the future.
‘‘I think the biggest issue is to get the culture of people to change,’’ he says.
‘‘If you believe what you read and hear about the future price of electricity and utilities, now is a good time to try and minimise your costs through elements such as solar power.’’
Said Housing Group managing director Victor Said says the company’s upcoming Murraylands Life development is being positioned as a new benchmark for sustainable living.
‘‘Murraylands Life has been designed as the country’s first green housing project featuring affordable, self-sufficient homes that will set new standards for sustainable living,’’ he says.
‘‘It has been designed to give more back to the community than it draws from the environment, which sets it apart from other standard residential developments.’’
MURRAYLANDS LIFE: A green housing project.