What is green building? What makes a builder a green builder?
You don’t even have to search online to see that there is an avalanche of information out there on “green building’ and more than a few Melbourne builders who position themselves as a “green builder.”
Other sites, of course, are selling sustainable building products. Many of these products are great but how can you tell which ones are right for you and what the alternatives are? A green builder is someone that should know all the options and can advise you on the best way to go for your unique situation.
Great green building – ending up with a beautiful home that is made for you – AND is sustainable is not a simple task. There is a lot more variables to it than just putting in more insulation, having solar hot water and a water tank if you want the best result. The decision to use a green builder is not unaffordable but it does mean there are a lot of choices that need to be evaluated in terms of their effectiveness and value and it helps to have real expert advice.
Anyway here is a small list of some of the things that you might expect a green builder to consider and some of the ways they might consider them in terms of your needs.
- Green home design principles
- Understanding of home siting and microclimates etc.
- Green building materials and the best cost for value options
- Integration of garden and surrounds with your home design for better liveability and reduction in environmental footprint
- Insulation options
- Low or no VOC’s or other toxic compounds in your home
- Grey water treatment
- Rainwater harvesting
- Passive heating and cooling
What is Green home design?
Green home design combines every factor we have listed above.
There is no single silver bullet that makes a green home successful. Rather it is a balance of many, many factors that your green builder should be able to guide you on. You can have a large and luxurious house or a very small house and both can be significantly green. If your budget is limited a green builder should also be able to advise you on design principles which will allow you to reduce the overall size of your home without compromising on room size, aesthetics or quality of finishes. The right sustainable design can still look roomy even though its overall size is less than might be expected.