When building a new home, adding on an extension, or even just a simple remodel within your home, you should always consider your local environment to maximize the efficiency of every aspect of your project.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN AREAS THAT NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON WHEN PLANNING YOUR BUILDING PROJECT. THEY INCLUDE:
Each of these areas contain specific products and methods that can really benefit your home lifestyle and increase the equity in your house too.
The first area to cover is water, which may or may not be relevant to your project. However, if there is plumbing, or an outside wall where gutters can be fixed, the optimal water conservation methods should be utilized where possible. There are many interior products that can really help to reduce water wastage and improve efficiency which include:
Furthermore, by installing a Greywater system you can use all the water that usually runs down your drain, on your garden or lawn.
For the exterior, high quality gutters and water storage devices such as water tanks are ideal for harvesting hundreds of litres of water that can be used for a variety of applications.
A strong water budget mixed with an overall highly efficient water system can save you heaps of money on water bills and reduce the impact on your local catchment system.
The second part of this article focuses on energy. Most people immediately think solar and then think "I can't afford it!" but there is much more that can be done to improve the efficiency of the energy usage in your home.
If you are doing large scale renovations, the position of your home / room in regards to sun direction is vitally important. A north-south facing house is much more energy efficient in terms of temperature control as the sun has less direct focus on the rooms.
MANY DIFFERENT PRODUCTS EXIST TO GENERATE ENERGY OR IMPROVE THE ENERGY USAGE AND OVERALL EFFICIENCY OF YOUR HOME. SOME OF THESE INCLUDE:
All of these products will either generate free electricity, use much less energy than other products on the market, or control the temperature of your home to save on running costs to maintain comfort.
Building materials are another important consideration when starting your project. Many materials have good qualities, while others can contain harmful chemicals which can be dangerous for your health. Knowing all these risks is almost impossible, but there are certain things to look for when making these decisions.
Building and home improvement can be very satisfying when the job is complete. However, it becomes an even greater joy if you take into consideration these factors mentioned above to make your home comfortable all year round for you and your family.