Climate Change Design and Behaviour the New Gold in Housing
Archicentre News Release
Design and Behaviour the New Gold in Housing
and renovations designed to take into account the impact of climate change will
provide their owners with a long term re-sale value as costs of energy and water
are expected to rise.
the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects said,
not only would good climate change design provide a monetary return it will
also provide benefits in lifestyle and health.
David Hallett General
Manager of Archicentre said designing sustainability cost saving into
new housing and renovations is money in the bank for home owners who could
save hundreds of dollars a year annually.
Mr Hallett said that
prices will continue to rise annually in the future as Governments and
private operators of water and energy facilities move to claw back costs
for new and existing infrastructure such as desalination plants and new
forms of non polluting energy production.
"Basically the cost
of these resources and services are creating a long term market force
in new housing and renovation which is already being captured to a certain
extent by regulation on building standards.
by builders are already differentiating their designs with sustainable
aspects such as passive solar design, rainwater tanks and smart energy
said achieving the best financial and lifestyle return on a new or renovation
design needs to be planned out and carefully followed through with the ultimate
factor being the sensible management of the home.
design the most energy and water efficient home possible, however, if people
do not manage the home correctly the effort can be wasted."
said that people do not need to be convinced about going green in renovation
or housing design - we are at the stage where people want to know how they can
make it happen and what is the cost. "We are at the "HOW TO STAGE " and there
needs to be a focus by government and green industries on the best, easiest
and most cost effective way to make this happen with Australian made products
to support our local economy."
In a recent
poll, Archicentre asked its member architects to name the biggest industry change
over the last five years and 25% said sustainability. They were also asked what
the next big trend in renovating was and 71% said sustainability. Australians
seem to agree universally that green is good.
Energy-Saving from the survey showed extra insulation is the number one
energy saving trend with almost nine out of ten homeowners (86%) taking it up.
is less popular (57.5%) because homeowners now have the option of removing the
window and replacing it with high-performance glass that is thicker and non-reflective.
light globes are being phased out and replaced by compact fluorescent globes
that cost a little extra but last ten times as long and conserve energy.
are an essential part of any renovation (92%). The
long running drought has prompted Australians to take up government rebates
and install rainwater tanks.
Nine out of
ten Archicentre clients have requested a rainwater tank, a number that indicates
people are putting sustainability at the forefront of every home improvement
make your project a winner
usage through the installation of energy efficient appliances, equipment and
lighting systems, optimise natural light;
use recycled or
recyclable materials and plantation timbers;
renew energy sources
with solar panels on the roof for water heating, photo-voltaic cells for outdoor
security lighting and other uses where appropriate;
use passive energy
design principles with double glazed windows, external shading to windows,
passive ventilation and using solar energy and photo-voltaic cells where appropriate
store and reuse
usage when occupied through the installation of low flush toilets, reduced
flow showerheads and tap fixtures and non-water dependent landscape design.
is holding an additional Sustainability Free Seminar on 6.30pm - 8.30pm Wednesday
15 April 2009.
- Ten Things You Should Know about Building in a Changing Climate
The seminar will cover building in bushfire prone areas, why houses are cracking,
what people can do to save water and energy, discuss alternative construction
techniques, showcase a recent sustainable building project and take questions
from the audience. The venue for the Seminar is the Home Ideas Centre, 1686 Princes Highway,
Oakleigh East.For Bookings please call Archicentre on 1300 13 45 13