Whether you are building or renovating, buying or renting, there are many things you can do to make your home healthier, more comfortable and save you money, while benefiting the environment.
A well insulated home is easier to heat and can save hundreds of dollars per year on power. Ceiling insulation can save you up to $400 per year and cut heat losses by 35 per cent. Under floor insulation can save up to $300 per year and cut heat losses by another 14 per cent.
DESIGN FOR THE SUN
Treat the sun as free heat for your home when you draw up building or renovating designs. Use materials that retain heat naturally and save money on heating.
REUSE AND RECYCLE MATERIAL
Reuse and recycle your building and renovating materials to prevent construction waste going to landfill. It’s estimated that up to half of the waste that goes into New Zealand landfills comes from construction and demolition.
USE DURABLE, NON-TOXIC, EFFECIENT MATERIALS
The best building and renovating materials are durable, non-toxic, sourced sustainably, recyclable, and energy and water efficient. Look for the Environmental Choice tick and the Energy Star label.
BUILD FOR THE FUTURE
When designing and building a new home think about its life cycle and whether it will meet your future needs. There may be higher up-front costs to build for the future, but it will pay off in the long run.