Information for Renovators

Renovating is great fun ! But can also be stressful. Knowing your goals and keeping them in mind through the process is key to making all those decisions along the way.

Renovating and retrofitting for increased energy efficiency and sustainability is what we can help you with. We provide:

  1. Simple and easy-to-access information on how and why to make your house more energy efficient and sustainable.
  2. Easy access to trustworthy green building products and service providers.
  3. Assistance with planning a green renovation and how to get the best from these products and services.

We’re a social enterprise committed to using business to contribute to the positive and sustainable evolution of humanity.

Home Renovator membership offer $350

Becoming a member offers you support during your renovation. This 12 month membership entitles you to

  •  A subsidised home Energy Assessment. Depending on the size of you home and your location we can both find you and energy assessor and give you $100 off the cost of the assessment.
  • 10% discount on sustainable paints & finishes from Painted Earth.
  • Use of the GBC library and reading area
  • Receive our monthly e-newsletter and information on the latest products and discounts
  • 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 Renovating ?

Green renovating uses products and design principals that lighten the environmental footprint of your home or building.  This key aims of it are to :

  • conserve energy, water and other resources
  • reduce waste, pollution and environmental impact
  • enhances the health of those living and working in the building

Key Principals of Green Renovating


Passive solar design aims to make your house comfortable all year round in most climates whilst minimising the need for artificial heating or cooling. Designing your renovation with this in mind will include looking at orientation, insulation, natural ventilation, thermal mass wall or floors, and using  surface textures and finishes to capture or reflect heat.


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 renovating. 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.


Water is a precious natural resource. Much can be done to the plumbing during a renovation to increase efficient use and recycling of water throughout the building and landscape.


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.


Creating buildings that are healthy, durable and affordable for people to live and work in is a key consideration in green renovating. 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 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