Craig prides himself in bringing to his clients the very latest innovations and developments in the building industry. Being the first builder in Gladstone to become a Greensmart Builder, allows Craig to modify the house to comply with the Greensmart environmental design principles.
Using passive design, we are able to control the temperature of the home more readily. Passive design techniques use the properties of the sun and wind to maintain a comfortable internal temperature, sometimes all year round. The orientation, size and location of walls, roofs, windows, and doors, as well as the width of your eaves all contribute to the amount of sun (therefore heat) that enters your home.
A gentle breeze makes people cooler even though the temperature may stay the same. A homes design should capture the breezes from the outside and direct them through the home. Windows such as louvres, casement and hoppers can encourage a controlled and directed breeze into the room. Internal breezeways will help the air move from room to room, as does cross ventilation. These techniques greatly reduce the need for electric or gas heating/cooling.
The nature of the site should guide the homes design. Work with the site not against it. Design the home to take advantage of the slope, breezes, angle of the sun and existing vegetation. Lots of earth moving and digging can cause problems. Natural drainage patterns can be altered, erosion occurs, original shading plants are lost.
Insulation slows heat flow. In summer this means slowing the movement of heat into the home. In winter slowing the heat out. Roof insulation is the most important, the higher the R values the better. A reflective foil on the exterior walls should be compulsory.
Australia is the most arid inhabited continent. It can provide only a limited amount of fresh water. As our population grows, so too do the rates of water extraction and pollution. We MUST start using water more carefully.
Simple methods such as using dual flush toilets, AAA rated shower heads and tap fittings, and fixing leaking taps, can reduce our personal consumption by ¼. Mixer taps reduce the use of hot water also. Catch rain water by installing your own tank. (This has become compulsory in some new residential developments).
The use of energy in the home is the largest source of Greenhouse gas emissions from Australian household. The average household's energy use is responsible for eight tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, per year. Many of these emissions can be abated through more efficient use of energy in our homes.
Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro are naturally replenished and produce very few greenhouse gas emissions. Non renewable energy comes from diminishing stocks of fossil fuels and produce large amounts of greenhouse gas.
Using energy efficiently is the best way to reduce energy bills and environmental impacts, while still maintaining comfort in our homes. Some solutions cost nothing at all, and even save you money. Choose AAA rated tap ware, appliances with energy saving features (cold wash, eco wash), the higher the STAR value on appliances and hot water systems the more efficient they are, turn lights off when not needed. Solar hot water systems are a must.
Craig will suggests ways to enhance the energy efficiency of the new home, control water use and educate his customers on the materials used in their home. Many of the initiatives cost no more than standard methods but in the long run not only can they save you money but will increase the re-sale value of your home.
I would build again with CCF Homes, as the process has been so simple. The staff, which have proven so helpful, are always eager to provide answers for any of my questions.
Reece and Chelsea