Information for Homebuilders
There is an urgent and important need for us to shift as a society to green building. Over 30% of greenhouse gas emissions are from our homes. This figure can be dramatically reduced by following green building principals in new builds and renovation. Green buildings are also more comfortable to live in and more economical to run.
If you’ve found your way to this site you are probably already on board with these ideas. Thank you. We provide:
- Simple and easy-to-access information on why and how to build green.
- Easy access to trustworthy green building products and service providers.
- Assistance with planning a green build and how to get the best out of these products and services.
We’re a social enterprise committed to using business to contribute to the positive and sustainable evolution of humanity.
Homebuilder membership offer $350
Becoming a member offers you support during your build. This 12 month membership entitles you to
- A 1 hour Consultation with one of our staff – via phone, Skype, or in person – to assist you deciding on products and service providers for your green build.
- 10% discount on sustainable paints & finishes from Painted Earth.
- 15% discount on talks, workshops and events at the Centre
- Use of the GBC library and reading area
- Receive our monthly e-newsletter and invitation to industry launches,
- Access to our tradespeople network.
- Blog post opportunities on our community blog
To take up this offer phone us on 0427 701 653. The Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am -5.30pm and Saturday 10am -2pm.
What is Green Building?
Green Building uses practices and products that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s lifecycle. This includes a building’s siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance and deconstruction. It also considers liveability, affordability, durability and adaptability.
Building, renovating, and living this way
- conserves energy, water and other resources
- reduces waste, pollution and environmental impact
- enhances the health of those living and working in the building
Key Principals of Green Building
SITING AND DESIGN
Passive solar design is the first strategy in green building. Passive solar design means your house will be comfortable all year round in most climates whilst minimising the need for artificial heating or cooling. Avoiding west facing orientation, designing for natural ventilation, strategic use of insulating building materials and thermal mass, as well as awareness of the capacity of different surface textures and finishes to capture or reflect heat are key elements to be considered in the siting and design stage.
REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Reducing energy consumption and living comfortably is the goal of passive solar design. However reducing energy consumption is also the focus of many other aspects of green building. Choosing materials with low embodied energy, using recycled materials, installing solar or other renewable power sources, and using energy efficient appliances mean a further reduction in the carbon footprint of a building – both in its construction and ongoing use by occupants.
REDUCING WATER CONSUMPTION
Water is a precious natural resource. Efficient use and recycling of water throughout the building and landscape should be considered part of green building practice.
REDUCING WASTE AND TOXIC POLLUTION
Waste and toxic pollution of our environment are currently big environmental problems. Choosing re-cycled, non-toxic, non-polluting or natural materials, finishes and furnishings reduces the environmental impact of a building. These materials, finishes and furnishings are ideally considered in terms of their whole life cycle – from manufacture and use, through to disposal or recycling and to be included in waste management plans. Training trades people to avoid waste and toxic dumping are also a part green building.
LIVEABILITY, DURABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY
Creating buildings that are healthy, durable and affordable for people to live and work in is a key consideration in green building. Here such things as insulation and passive solar design, good ventilation, breathable materials and finishes that are mould resistant and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are important health factors that should be considered along with durability and affordability.
INNOVATIVE MATERIALS, DESIGNS AND IDEAS
Innovative new products, designs and ideas that are ecologically and socially responsible and give high performance outcomes, inspire and motivate us. Incorporating these new ideas, or contemporary remakes of old methods, in a building creates a positive social impact and encourages the positive evolution of humanity in a sustainable direction.
What to look for when choosing green products & services
- Insulating & non toxic building materials that don’t pollute our environment
- Recycled content
- Natural ventilation
- Environmentally friendly / low carbon building materials
- Renewable resources
- Energy & water conservation
- Cabinetry & fixtures that don’t off gas.
- Energy efficient durable appliances & lighting
- Non toxic and eco friendly paints & finishes
- Grey water recycling
- Solar power & hot water
- Indigenous landscaping / permaculture design
- Innovative and inspiring design ideas
- Self sufficiency where possible
- Social responsibility (social capital) – use local trades
- Economic responsibility (building local economy) – shop locally
- Life positive buildings
- Affordability and adaptability
- Climate sensible design