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It used to be that living more sustainably meant sacrif cing comfort. Not anymore. Pop the term ‘sustainable homes’ into Google and you’ll encounter images of magnif cent residences made from beautiful materials that are incredibly liveable. So this month we have decided to go green. If you’re embarking on a renovation and want to do it the sustainable way, My Renovation has some great advice. In our cover story we look at the design aspects of creating a greener home, while our green homes special feature, on page 22, looks at the nitty-gritty aspects of green buildings. And the good news is you can become more environmentally friendly no matter the size of your renovation project. A couple of our renovation tips are dedicated to greener products, including paint on page 16 and f ooring on page 14. Peace out!
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here does your mind go when you hear the term sustainable design? Hippy communes in Byron? Expensive pavilion homes in Noosa? It might be time to rethink, as green is becoming more mainstream. There are a range of ways to incorporate green design aspects into your reno, from extra insulation to water tanks, solar roof tiles and low-f ow showerheads, but the best place to start is in the design phase. Once driven purely by environmental concerns, green design is being embraced by budget-conscious home owners too, as rising energy costs force architects, builders and home renovators to look at ways to save money. You may have just received you f rst power bill for the summer and if it’s got you scared,
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and you’re planning to renovate soon, it may have inspired you towards green design. You are not alone. According to the Federal Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, historically, by developed world standards, Australia has had pretty stable and competitive electricity prices. Until recently. In the past three years the cost of electricity has risen by about 40 per cent nationally. And that f gure will continue to rise. So before you start renovating, if you want to live a greener life, you must build this into your plans. The f rst step is to assess how much space you really need. Renovating usually means going bigger, but large homes require more resources and cost more to build than more humble dwellings. With clever design and planning you may be able to make better
use of available space and reduce the need to add on extra rooms. When working on the plans of your renovated home, take into account these elements for a greener build: • Orientation is crucial. A northerly aspect rates highly in property advertising for a reason – homes that have a northern aspect with well-placed eaves and decks block the summer sun, while inviting in warming winter sun. This greatly reduces reliance on air-conditioners and heaters, the prime power chewers. You want to avoid exposure to the west – screens and trees are a great idea to reduce the impact of the harsh afternoon summer sun. If your existing home or block doesn’t have a northern aspect, an experienced designer or architect can cleverly design a plan to suit.
• It’s best to look at your block not as a blank canvas but as a mix of existing elements that you can use in your new design. If your property features a large shady tree, this might be perfect for providing much-needed shade in summer – better still if it is deciduous and drops its leaves in winter, allowing the milder sun to warm the home. Consider the slope of the block, where the breezes come from and the views that you can enjoy. • Well-placed rooms will make your reno. Place the living areas in the best spot of the home, to maximise daylight and reduce reliance on electricity. Zoning your home means you can close off under-used areas such as bathrooms, the laundry and storage spaces – important when it comes to heating and cooling. • A greener home is a healthier
home, and indoor air quality is a vital feature of sustainable homes. You can reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds or VOCs (read on for more on this) in the materials you choose, so during the design phase go for materials and f nishes with zero or low VOCs. This will immediately improve your indoor air quality. Even so, once you are inside the home you want adequate air f ow and mechanical systems such as fans and air f lters will add to your energy bill, so designing a home that is well ventilated is vital. • Embodied energy relates to the energy required to extract, manufacture, process, transport and install the building materials in the home. If you want a building with lower embodied energy, go for timber products over brick, concrete and steel.
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but the clear panel on top won’t sit f at over bumps. If you’ve removed an existing splashback, some f lling, sanding and wiping may be required, before the new splashback is screwed or glued in place. It’s a different story if you have to remove tiles, as it’s hard to do so without damaging the walls, making it a bit more of a challenging project. Hang the wallpaper for your splashback in the normal way, but give it at least a couple of days to dry before covering it, making sure it doesn’t get marked in the meantime.
The clear panel should be very slightly bigger than the piece of wallpaper to ensure it’s covered completely, with a two-millimetre gap at the bottom where the panel meets the benchtop (put tile spacers in the gap when you screw the panel in place). This gap’s especially important if the benchtop’s wooden, as it will expand and contract over time. Once f tted, leave the panel to settle for 24 hours, then seal all around it with clear silicone sealant (preferably a quick-drying one) to keep the wallpaper clean and dry.
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e’re all familiar with that freshly painted smell that signals a renovated room, but that smell is the paint releasing some pretty nasty chemicals into the atmosphere, inside and outside the home. And these toxic fumes or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can be evaporating off your walls for as many as f ve years. VOCs can be harmful to people and the environment. They have been linked to increased incidents of respiratory problems, allergies and other sensitivities in people who breathe them in. Toxic paints also affect air quality (it’s estimated about 80,000 tonnes of VOCs are released into Australia’s atmosphere every year). The good news is that it is easy to get your hands on low-VOC and other safer and more environmentally friendly paint products.
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While VOCs are toxic, they are in paint for a reason â€“ they equal durability and washability. But â€˜greenâ€™ paints can be just as long-wearing. Plus low- and no-VOC paints donâ€™t smell, and mould is less likely to develop on walls where these paints have been applied. While you would expect to pay more for â€˜greenâ€™ products over traditional synthetic-based paints, the increasing popularity and pressure on paint companies to be environmentally sound mean there are more products emerging, which will lead to lower prices.
Be wary when shopping for paint â€“ some manufacturers might claim their paints are low-VOC when in fact they still contain high levels of VOCs. Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is a certif cation system that monitors products for their environmental impact. For a wall paint to meet GECAâ€™s def nition of low-VOC, it must have a VOC level of 16 grams per litre or less, including the tint. Remember, once you tint the paint the VOC will rise, and darker tints tend to have higher VOCs than lighter ones.
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different tasks, at different heights and with varying intensities. And remember, it’s best to have too many lights in a room than too few, as you don’t have to have them all on at the same time. This is why separate switches are a good idea. If you are shopping for new furniture and new lighting for your renovated room, remember that lighting and furnishings should always work together. Say you have two sofas that face each other and you’d like four table lamps on the ends of each sofa. While the symmetry might appeal, it will probably look a
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When inspecting a roof, Archicentre advises to look for dislodged tiles or f apping sheets of iron; check that guttering is not rusted or blocked; check the roof ridge visually to ensure that there is no sagging; check that the f ashing around chimneys and skylights is secure; and look for cracked mortar beneath ridge tiles as this is a common source of leaks. It’s also important to look inside the roof for sagging or cracked roof members; check the interior of the roof space for any water stains; and check downpipe drainage points.
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Let’s get sustainable
hether it’s a full-scale reno to turn your ageing brick and tile into a green dream home, or just a few extras to help kickstart a more sustainable life, there are plenty of things to consider. Here’s a rundown, and it’s by no means exhaustive, of the elements of a green renovation. Waste reduction: Cut down on your home’s embodied energy – the energy used to manufacture, ship
and install the building materials – by using recycled and reclaimed materials. Reduce your own building waste by sending it off to the recyclers rather than into landf ll. Look into household waste recycling and compost systems to reduce everyday waste. Hot water: If it’s time to get a new hot water system, choose an eff cient low-greenhouse system, and think about the placement of the system – the less distance pipes have to travel the less energy is wasted. Solar hot water systems are more expensive but you’ll notice a drop on your energy bills. Openings: Glass is a poor insulator
so locate windows away from the western sun and choose window treatments that will block afternoon sun while insulating for winter. Louvres: These are great for cross-ventilation – locate them up high and they will draw out hot air. Skylights will save you turning on lights and door and window seals will reduce cold draughts in winter. Double-glazed windows will reduce heat transfer and timber frames from managed forests are a good choice. Insulation: Lining the roof, walls and even f oors of the home with insulation will minimise heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
Environmentally e entally friendly insulation products – such as ood, wool and o ood recycled wood, cotton – and nd natural products – such as straw bales – are good options. Solar panels: Capture the sun, save on power bills and help the environment? Solar panels are a no brainer. Invest in a quality product with a reputable retailer. Appliances: Fridges, kettles and ovens account for about 25 per cent of your household energy consumption, so f x faulty appliances, and when buying new
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wh white hite goods, look out forr th the energy star label and d ch choose the most eff cient ccien – you might f nd it costs no more to do so. Lighting: A w we well-designed home will require less lig lighting but when you do f ick the switch make sure it is on energy-eff cient CFLs at the lowest wattage you can handle. If you want downlights, replace your electricity-hungry halogens with much more eff cient LEDs. Heating and cooling: On the Coast, a well-designed home will need very little if any electrically-powered heating and cooling systems. For heaters, avoid
electric ctric bar, fan or oil-f lled heaters. ters. In winter, an eff cient reverse-cycle air-conditioner conditioner is one of the greener ener options. Ceiling fans can also be used in winter to push warm m air down. In summer, close off rooms that don’t need cooling ling and cool only the room you are using. Reduce duce water consumption: Simply mply use less water. Low-f ow showerheads, werheads, dual-f ush toilets, and energy- and water-eff cient dishwashers hwashers and washing chines will help save machines on water.
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My Renovation is a monthly lift-out published alongside My Property Preview, the Sunshine Coast’s leading real estate and property magazine....
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My Renovation is a monthly lift-out published alongside My Property Preview, the Sunshine Coast’s leading real estate and property magazine....