New bench­mark for sus­tain­able liv­ing

Builders and de­vel­op­ers are tak­ing a more eco-friendly ap­proach to save en­ergy, writes Ben Hyde.

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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.

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