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The way and what we build is an important aspect how we live. Energy and water savings are best built into buildings at the time of construction, however there are many retrospective actions that you can take to minimize the environmental impact of our houses, public buildings and commercial premises. Double glazing of windows, roof, ceiling and underfloor insulation and window shading treatments are all retrofitting options.
The location and orientation of how each building on a site allows the owner to consider the way the building interacts with the sun, cooling winds, shade and other attributes. Choosing building and finishing materials wisely can minimize the embodied energy used in the manufacturing process and the attributes of various materials have an enormous effect on the long term cost of energy and water.
Even the layout and location of our townships can improve the likelihood of people walking, cycling and using public transport, rather than relying on cars to get around.
Sustainable design and retrofitting of our buildings not only benefits our environment by reducing the resources required but also ensures that the future costs of heating, cooling and other running costs can be substantially reduced.
Building legislation, particularly for housing developments has placed a greater emphasis on sustainable design, however many of these are seen as a minimum given the need for change.
This page provides a number of website links that may assist people as they consider their design of buildings, whether they be commercial or Housing.