Sustainability is an important consideration when designing a new home or remodelling project.

Factors including the amount and type of vegetation to be cleared or retained, solar orientation, energy efficiency, method of heating and cooling, and choice of building materials can all impact the environmental impact of your home, its construction cost and ongoing operating costs.

While energy efficiency standards existing in the Building Code of Australia, these are only minimum standards. A range of other ideas could be incorporated to make your new house or remodelling project more sustainable.

It is recommended that you discuss the many factors that affect the sustainability of your project with your Master Builder, building designer or architect early in the design process.