Home renovations blog: Building a sustainable future from the ground up

By the resi financial blog team, 29 August 2014

Home renovations blog: Building a sustainable future from the ground up

If you're looking at taking out a construction home loan and pursuing the creation of your dream home, it could be worth giving some thought towards what types of materials you could use during the building process. With a rising emphasis on sustainable living spreading across the nation, who's to say this can't extend to the very foundations of your home? 

There have been a number of different investigations around the globe into the potential use of cleaner, greener materials and methods in the construction industry, which could help to reduce your home's inherent carbon impact on the environment, whilst also being a fully functional property for you and your family. 

If you're interested in following this route, here are some things to consider when chatting with builders and architects about the design and development of your property. 

The types of materials used

One of the key factors to think about when looking into building a more sustainable home is the materials used. Naturally, there are environmentally friendly options, with one of the main ones being timber. This is a renewable source that can be used to build strong, sturdy houses while needing very little in the way of alterations to make it work. 

Furthermore, materials like concrete or brick offer thermal benefits that can help keep your home warm during the winter. When used in combination with timber, these can create a comfortable property for you and your family to live in. Another aspect to consider is to reduce the amount of waste created during construction, which is important to discuss with your builders when creating final plans and budgets. 

Renewable design

A lot of the benefits that come from sustainable homes is how the house itself can be used to cut down on regular costs like water and power. When building with this in mind, it can make things like solar panels and alternative water sources easier to incorporate from the get-go. 

Take the initiative and discuss with your designer about incorporating solar panels into your overall roof design to make them look like a natural part of the home, rather than a secondary add-on. Another idea to consider for your home is the overall orientation of the property. Through this, you can strategically place windows to capture sunlight during the winter to heat your home, limiting the need for air conditioning or heaters. 

Furthermore, look into ways to cut down on water wastage. Nowadays there are systems that can be installed in your home that can help you recycle water for a number of different uses, effectively reducing your overall usage and bills in the long run. 

These are just some ideas to think about when you're looking into building your own sustainable home. Get in touch with the team at resi today to find the most suitable home loan option for you. 

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