Nov 03

The Queensland Government is introducing new sustainable housing laws to improve the water and energy efficiency of our homes and encourage smarter more efficient designs.

What is a sustainable house?

Sustainable housing is a simple concept, the trick is working out how to make the home use as little, water and energy as possible. Utilising smart design and clever room planning. Queensland attracts thousands of new residents each year putting an ever growing strain on our resources. It is for this reason a number of new laws came into effect on the first of March 2009, with others being introduced throughout the year until March 2010.

All new houses, townhouses, units and any major renovations will be required to hold a 5 star energy equivalence rating or higher. This rating takes in consideration the design of the building, the roof, walls, windows and floors as well as many other factors. It does not however include the use of efficient fixtures such as lighting, water heating etc.

Ways in which your home can improve it’s star rating are, northern orientation of living rooms, natural ventilation, insulation, treated glazing and many more. It is estimated that 5 star housing will save over 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2020 equivalent to taking 119,000 cars off the road.

The 5 star homes not only benefit the environment but they are also more comfortable to live in cheaper to heat and cool minimising your electricity/gas bills and reducing your carbon footprint.

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