Build­ing a sus­tain­able house

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE -

HAVE you ever won­dered if it’s pos­si­ble to live sus­tain­ably – liv­ing in a way that uses fewer of the earth’s nat­u­ral re­sources, re­cy­cling and pro­duc­ing less waste?

There’s a lot we can do to re­duce our en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and sus­tain­able hous­ing is one way of find­ing so­lu­tions to tackle is­sues and fa­cil­i­tate change.

By en­hanc­ing ef­fi­ciency and mod­er­a­tion in the use of ma­te­ri­als, en­ergy and space, sus­tain­able houses can min­imise the neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of build­ings.

To con­struct a sus­tain­able house, green house or eco house there are a few dif­fer­ent things to con­sider:

- the en­ergy and ma­te­ri­als re­quired to con­struct the house.

- the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment where it is built.

- the house’s de­sign, and how that af­fects the need for things such as ar­ti­fi­cial heat­ing and cool­ing, light­ing and wa­ter de­mands.

- the life­span of the build­ing.

- how its by prod­ucts are dis­posed of or re­cy­cled.

Your Home is Aus­tralia’s most com­pre­hen­sive guide to en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able homes. Check it out at: www.yourhome.gov.au/in­tro­duc­tion

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